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BART Offers Bus Service During Transbay Tube Shutdown This Weekend

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    BART officials are offering a temporary bus service during the Transbay Tube shutdown this weekend. Jean Elle reports. (Published Friday, July 31, 2015)

    BART officials are offering a temporary bus service during the Transbay Tube shutdown this weekend.

    Service between San Francisco and Oakland will be suspended on August 1 and 2 and September 5-7, due to major repairs.

    More than a hundred thousand commuters will be affected by the temporary Transbay Tube closure between West Oakland BART and Embarcadero station.

    To assist those commuters, BART is offering Bus Bridge, a bus service which will run between 19th Street BART station in Oakland and Transbay Terminal in SF. BART officials said the bus service could cause one to two hour delays, when compared to regular train service.

    Starting Friday night, transit authorities will shut down the Transbay Tube so workers can start repairing the tracks.

    Regular transit service will resume Monday morning.

    Due to BART closure, traffic is expected to increase on the Bay Bridge.

    “We understand the interruption in service will be a significant inconvenience for tens of thousands of people but we simply can’t avoid making these repairs,” said BART Assistant General Manager for Operations Paul Oversier. “We need to completely rebuild one of the hardest working sections of track in the entire BART system. Once the work is finished, riders can expect a faster, smoother ride between West Oakland and Embarcadero.”

    TRACK CLOSURE: August 1-2, from end of service (midnight) Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday

    During the shutdowns, customers are encouraged to use other public transit transbay options such as ferries and AC Transit service. Check out www.511.org for trip planning. San Francisco Bay Ferry will have additional service on its Alameda/Oakland/San Francisco and Vallejo/San Francisco routes during the BART closures. AC Transit also has its transbay service.

    For more information on the closure, visit the BART website.

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