Transit Agencies Teaming Up To Provide Weekend Transbay Service

Transit agencies are pitching in get people between the East Bay and San Francisco this weekend as BART’s Transbay Tube closes for three days.

San Francisco Municipal Railway, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, San Mateo County Transit District and Golden Gate Transit will team up to provide 77 buses to take people across the Bay, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.

Buses will leave every minute from BART’s 19th Street station in Oakland to San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal during most of the day and less frequently later in the day, Trost said.

Trost said the buses will run from 8 a.m. to midnight Sunday and Monday. Saturday service will start at 6 a.m. and last until 1 a.m. to serve people leaving the Billy Joel concert at AT&T Park in San Francisco, she said.

The buses hold about 90 people and drivers will be leaving even if the bus is not full, Trost added.

“There’s really no wait for the bus,” she said.

The trip across the Bay takes about 20 minutes under normal traffic conditions, she said.

Service is also doubling this weekend on the San Francisco Bay Ferry between Alameda, Oakland and San Francisco, Water Emergency Transportation Authority officials said. One additional ferry is also being added each day to the Vallejo/San Francisco route.

WETA officials are suggesting riders arrive early and have a backup plan because they don’t know how many people will be using the ferries.

Regular BART train service will resume for the Tuesday morning commute.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

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