SAN FRANCISCO -- With transit workers on strike, people flying into or out of the airports in San Francisco and Oakland will find BART service unavailable, and officials are urging local residents to work at home if possible.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit system, which normally carries 400,000 riders each workday, will deploy free buses at nine East Bay stations, but they will accommodate only a total of 6,000 commuters for round-trip rides.
Five to 15 buses and wheelchair-accessible vans will be available at the El Cerrito del Norte, West Oakland, Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Dublin/Pleasanton, San Leandro, Hayward and Fremont stations.
Each rider will be given a round-trip ticket. Commuters without a ticket will be not be permitted to board buses in San Francisco back to the East Bay.
All morning service will be direct to San Francisco without transfers. The bus service is set to begin at 5 a.m. and end at 8 a.m. or earlier, depending on when the buses fill.
BART has asked riders who must be at their offices to try to commute during non-peak hours. Hours for carpool lanes will be expanded, and parking will be free for carpoolers at all of BART’s 33 stations.