Tweaks to BART schedule include good news for some East Bay riders
A slate of mostly minor changes to BART’s schedule will go into effect later this month, bringing good news for some East Bay commuters and a mixed bag for Sunday riders.
The tweaked schedule goes into effect on Feb. 10, and for many riders will amount to a couple minutes’ difference in when trains arrive and depart.
A full list of the changes, which also affect early morning and late-night routes, can be found here.
Concord commuters will like what they see. The morning rush hour trains that now start and end their trips at the Pleasant Hill station will instead do so at the Concord, as will “some” afternoon peak-time trains, according to BART. To put a spin on the old Yogi Berra saying, those are popular trains because they’re usually less crowded.
More substantial changes are afoot for Sunday passengers, starting on Feb. 16.
BART officials have fielded plenty of complaints from riders angry with delays caused by a major maintenance project requiring trains to single-track through Downtown San Francisco.
The solution they announced last fall is to increase the time between each train on Sundays from 20 to 24 minutes. While the longer gap could be frustrating for some, BART leaders say it means the system should do a better job staying on schedule because trains will have more of a margin for error during the maintenance work.
Another notable change: BART will go back to running Dublin/Pleasanton trains to San Francisco on Sundays, meaning riders along that line will no longer have to go out of their way and transfer at 12th Street Station in Oakland to get to the city. On days with single-tracking work, those trains will only go as far as Montgomery Station; when there is no single tracking, they will go to Daly City.