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July 30, 2015

Transit Advisory: BART Transbay Tube is Closed For Labor Day

The BART Transbay Tube, the connector between San Francisco and West Oakland, will be closed this Labor Day, Sept. 5-7. What does that mean for you? You won't be able to make transbay trips using BART. Expect major delays this weekend. NOTE: BART is running in San Francisco and Oakland. They just won't connect to each other.

Train service will stop between Oakland and San Francisco from the end of service Friday, Sept. 4 until the start of service in the morning on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Train service through the Transbay Tube will be suspended all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Nearly 100 buses will continuously shuttle passengers between 19th Street BART Station in Oakland and San Francisco's Temporary Transbay Terminal.

We encourage you to plan ahead, so you're not wasting your weekend sitting in traffic. Here's all the information you need to know.

Bay Area Alternatives

Multiple Bay Area transit agencies will provide additional service during the BART–Transbay Tube Closure. Please plan ahead, use alternate forms of transportation, and avoid unnecessary transbay trips.

BART Bus Bridge
During both weekend closures, BART will operate a bus bridge between 19th Street Station in Downtown Oakland and the Transbay Temporary Terminal in San Francisco. The bus bridge, offered at no cost to riders, will operate in both directions. However, BART advises that those who have no other transportation options should only use the bus bridge, and transbay riders using the service may experience a 1- to 2-hour delay in their trip.

AC Transit Transbay Bus Service
AC Transit will continue to provide transbay bus service. Find a transbay bus near you.

SF Bay Ferry Service
SF Bay Ferry will provide additional service on its Alameda/Oakland/San Francisco and Vallejo/San Francisco routes during the BART closures. Ferry riders are encouraged to arrive early and to have alternative back-up plans as it is unknown what the rider volume will be. Tideline Water Taxis will also be offering additional service. 

Tips for Travel During Transbay Tube Shutdown

Oakland International Airport (OAK)
If you're going to/from OAK from San Francisco or the Peninsula, you should plan to use another option than BART. BART will have a limited lifeline bus service in operation for people with no other transportation options. Delays of at least 1 to 2 hours are expected.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
If you're going to/from SFO from the East Bay, you should plan to use another option than BART. BART will have a limited lifeline bus service in operation for people with no other transportation options. Delays of at least 1 to 2 hours are expected.

Tips for Cyclists
During the two weekends (Aug. 1-2 and Sept. 5-7) that the Transbay Tube service is shut down, BART recommends that you do not try to bring your bike on the buses that will provide lifeline service for passengers crossing the San Francisco Bay.

Photo by Thomas Hawk / CC BY-NC

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