BART is closing the Transbay Tube for repairs and is encouraging travelers to plan ahead and to find alternate means of transportation across the Bay during two upcoming closures of transbay train service. BART will close the West Oakland Station and will not run trains between West Oakland and Embarcadero stations the first weekend in August and during Labor Day weekend while we repair a critical section of track near the Transbay Tube.
BART will offer lifeline bus service between 19th Street in Oakland and the Temporary Transbay Terminal in San Francisco, but the buses are intended only for those who have no other options. The buses will carry customers from 19th Street Station in Oakland to the Temporary Transbay Terminal in San Francisco (a 2 block walk to the Embarcadero Station) or from there back to the East Bay. There will be no additional charge for the bus. The bus bridge will cause 1 to 2 hour delays for some customers.
Accommodations will be available for people with disabilities.
There will be some shuttle buses from West Oakland Station, which will be closed, to the 19th Street Station for West Oakland area residents only. These shuttles will pick up and drop off during BART operating hours and will be on 15 minute headways, departing both sides (West Oakland and 19th Street) at quarter hours. No fares will be collected on this neighborhood shuttle for West Oakland residents. We are not able to keep West Oakland Station open during this work because we can not easily turn trains around from that station. With only two tracks, there would be very significant delays in the East Bay if we attempted to run trains through West Oakland during the work.
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.
Riders are encouraged to lock their bikes at our stations rather than bringing them on crowded buses.
“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.”
During the shutdowns, train service within the East Bay and within the West Bay and the Peninsula will be more frequent than during a typical weekend. Check out our tips page for more specific details.
BART’s Transit Information Center will operate special hours. Riders with questions can call (510) 465-BART (2278). The phone center will be open from 6:00AM-9:00PM on Saturday (Aug 1st) and Sunday (Aug 2nd) and staffed with additional operators.
Extra staff, including bilingual employees will be at 19th Street Station, Embarcadero, and the Temporary Transbay Terminal to help passengers.
The dates and times of the track closures are as follows:
Date Track Work Times
August 1-2 From end of service Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday
September 5-7 From end of service Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Check out our tips for travel during the transbay shutdown weekends
Watch an archive of the online town hall we held to answer questions about the work and our service plan at www.bart.gov/townhall