Transit Service During Bay Area Shelter in Place

Some agencies are running normally as an essential service while others are adjusting schedules

Transit agencies across the Bay Area are either operating normally as an essential service or adjusting their schedules accordingly during the shelter in place order issued across six counties and the city of Berkeley for the coronavirus pandemic.

BART: Bay Area Rapid Transit will continue regular service during a shelter-in-place order across the Bay Area to mitigate the spread of novel coronavirus, the transit agency announced Monday.

VTA: The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will continue to operate bus, light rail and paratransit services. Essential travel means taking trips to your jobs that are providing essential services, hospitals, health care providers, pharmacies, grocery stores, and other destinations that are necessary to access during this time of aggressive caution. For now, VTA will only suspend school trip service and run up to two-car trains where ridership is extremely low.

Caltrain: Caltrain will operate on a reduced peak-hour schedule that goes into effect March 17. Morning and afternoon peak hour service will no longer feature Baby Bullet Service. The updated weekday schedule is available at

Muni: Beginning Tuesday, March 17, Muni bus service will be temporarily reduced. Muni Metro rail service is currently running normal schedules. Cable car and E/F trains will be replaced with buses. There will be no special event shuttles at this time. Paratransit should be used for essential trips only. If you are 60 years old or older, or have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or have a weakened immune system, it is advised that you avoid non-essential use of SF Access service at this time. If you are a paratransit customer and you need to cancel a previously scheduled SF Access trip, please call 415-285-6945.

AC Transit: The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District on Friday said it is temporarily suspending supplemental service to many East Bay schools. As of Tuesday, March 17, the agency had not revealed any other changes in service related to the shelter-in-place order.

SMART: The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District announced Tuesday that it has canceled four weekday trips after announcing Monday that all weekend service will be suspended as a response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The exact weekday trains that are being taken out of service are: the southbound 7:10 a.m. that originates from the Sonoma County Airport station, followed by the northbound 8:46 a.m. journey from Larkspur. In the afternoon, the southbound 4:29 p.m. train from the Sonoma County Airport and the northbound 6:05 p.m. train out of Larkspur will not run until further notice.

San Francisco Bay Ferry: Ferry service on the Richmond, Harbor Bay and South San Francisco routes is suspended. Limited service will be offered on the Vallejo and Alameda/Oakland routes connecting to Downtown San Francisco. All weekend service and service to Pier 41 San Francisco and Mare Island has been suspended. All temporary schedules can be found at

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