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BART Changes Coming For Early Riders

Work On Tube Will Mean Bus Rides

KCBS Radio Morning News
July 11, 2018 - 6:43 am

OAKLAND  (KCBS Radio) -- Early-morning BART riders will be facing major changes come February, when the transit agency plans to delay the first morning runs through the Transbay Tube to 5 am.

That's an hour later than the current start time. The change is designed to give construction crews more time to work on a seismic retrofit project involving the Tube.

BART directors on Thursday are scheduled to discuss two options for early-morning replacement bus service. One proposal would provide express service via AC Transit, departing  from BART stations at Pittsburg/Baypoint, Pleasant Hill, Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont.

The other option would provide less bus service.

BART estimates 2,800 people ride the system during the 4 am hour. Many of them are heading for jobs in the construction, financial services, or hospitality sectors. 

BART planners say the additional hour of work on the seismic retrofit project will hasten its completion by four months and cut its cost by $15,000,000.