BART Service Returns To Pre-Pandemic Levels Today

August 2, 2021 8:00 am · 9 comments

BART service will ramp up to near pre-pandemic levels today, including the return of late-night trains.

Closing time will extend to midnight Monday through Saturday, and trains will run more frequently, BART officials said.

The new schedule also will see an increase in direct trips to San Francisco International Airport on weekdays.

Although the revised schedule resembles the one before the pandemic, differences include areas that won’t be returning to former levels such as extra commuter trains on the Antioch-SFO (Yellow) line during peak hours, according to BART.

Weekday service will be from 5 a.m. to midnight with 5-line service and 15-minute frequencies on all lines from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be 3-line service with 30-minute frequencies from 8 p.m.-midnight.

Saturday service will expand to 6 a.m. to midnight with 5-line service from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and then 3-line service from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Sunday service will remain 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. with 3-line service and 30-minute frequencies to accommodate critical cable replacement and other infrastructure rebuilding work, BART officials said.

The schedule change means BART trains will be in service for a combined 875 hours each weekday, compared with only 498 in-service hours in mid-July — an increase of 76 percent.

On Saturdays the change results in 514 combined in-service train hours compared with only 258 the previous month for a 99 percent increase, according to BART.

kilo August 2, 2021 at 8:04 AM

Why?

Drive by any BART parking lot in the middle of a weekday. They aren’t even full an eighth of what they were before March 2020.

JazzMan August 2, 2021 at 8:06 AM

So, I guess all commuters are important…EXCEPT the ones from Antioch/Pittsburg area.

Anonymous August 2, 2021 at 8:21 AM

How is this sustainable if ridership is down 80%?

The Fearless Spectator August 2, 2021 at 9:36 AM

This illustrates how top heavy the BART organization is. Ridership is still obviously in the tank, and the station parking lots reflect it. If they can afford to run empty trains there is too much money floating at the top.

this_that August 2, 2021 at 9:39 AM

Not sure why they need to run more trains. Along my bike route, the parking areas are pretty much empty, even the ones near the BART entrance.

RANDOM TASK August 2, 2021 at 10:18 AM

boycot bart

demand safety as they did when they striked
demand clean cars and no drug addicts freely shooting up in front of children
as apparently bart and city councils are fine with subjecting children to drugs

stop obeying their oppressive orders

demand they pay attention to riders and no dem political agendas to strip you of your rights as a paying customer

just say no to bart and political strong arming

To Do List August 2, 2021 at 10:44 AM

And at the same time, BART decided they are also in the housing business building high density developments to reduce parking spaces. From the Mercury News (2/4/21), ” a 200-unit affordable housing development at the San Leandro station eliminated half of its spaces, and the Millbrae project, which includes 400 units of housing . . . will shrink its parking capacity by more than 550 spots.” There are similar plans for some other stations so if ridership ever does get back to where it was, are passengers all expected to take bicycles to BART? You get what you vote for.

Bdpirate August 2, 2021 at 11:41 AM

All those poor suckers having to get back on BART again..
Bet most wish they were still in lockdowns vs riding the garbage train..

Phil August 2, 2021 at 1:40 PM

Just walked between the North Concord Station and the Downtown Station. Less than 30 cars in the former and about that many in the latter. I doubt BART has seen a phenomenal increase in walkers and bike riders flocking to the system. I see no need to ramp up service, spending money the system doesn’t have (except from our tax base). I’m guessing the union was complaining so management decided to pay for work not needed.

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