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BART service resumes Oct. 22 for the morning commute


Current status as of October 22, 2013:

BART and its unions reached a tentative agreement. Limited train service is available for the morning commute. Delays are expected. BART expects full service to be available by the afternoon commute.   

A Message to SFO Employees Using BART

SFO is a dynamic operation, and our customers rely on us to be at work on-time when scheduled. During the BART strike, it’s important to have a plan in place. Listed below are alternate transit options for employees who use BART. Please allow extra time for commuting to ensure a smooth airport operation.

Transit Options

Travel options between SFO and BART destinations include carpooling and limited alternate transit services. Visit alert.511.org for the latest information about a possible BART strike.

SFO Shuttle Service

The Airport will operate special free bus service using blue SFO Parking Shuttle buses. Shuttles depart SFO from the International Terminal Departures Level curb outside the BART station.


We’ll only be able to get around the Bay Area if everyone helps out! Talk with your co-workers to see if someone has a seat available, or use 511 RideMatch for a quick driver or passenger match.

Casual carpooling is another option, but only between 24 East Bay street locations and downtown San Francisco, adjacent to the Transbay Terminal served by Samtrans.


Caltrain serves 29 stations between San Francisco, San Jose and Gilroy. The San Francisco terminal is at Fourth and King Streets, a Muni ride or long walk from downtown.

During the BART strike, all 45 northbound and 46 southbound trains will stop at the Millbrae station's west side for Airport transfers via the free SFO bus. On Saturdays and Sundays, all trains in each direction will stop at the Millbrae station. Caltrain service is hourly except during weekday peak periods, when it is more frequent. One-way fare is $5 to or from San Francisco or Palo Alto, and $7 to or from San Jose. 


Samtrans runs the KX Express between downtown San Francisco (Transbay Terminal), SFO and Palo Alto. Service operates only hourly, and the complete trip takes 35 minutes. The fare is $5.

Samtrans also operates Route 292 and late night Route 397, which follow a local route in San Francisco and continue south of SFO to San Mateo. Service operates about every 30 minutes during the day, and hourly evenings and late nights. Travel time to or from downtown San Francisco is an hour and costs $4 southbound, and $2 northbound.

Other Samtrans service runs on El Camino Real and during the BART strike, SFO will operate a free bus to the nearby Millbrae Caltrain Station, which is served by many of these routes.

San Francisco Bay Ferry

San Francisco Bay Ferry service is very limited. The Bay Ferry provides 3 trips on weekday mornings from Oakland Jack London Square and Alameda Main Street to the South San Francisco ferry terminal at Oyster Point. Ferries are scheduled to arrive at 7:15, 8:15, and 8:45 a.m. Weekday afternoon departures are at 4:20, 5:20, and 6:20 p.m.  There is one morning trip from South San Francisco to the East Bay at 7:20 a.m., and one afternoon return trip due in South San Francisco at 5:40 p.m.  The one-way ferry fare is $7.

SFO will provide free bus connections with all services. Approximately 35 bicycles are permitted on the ferry, and up to 2 bicycles may use the bus, or bicyclists can pedal to the Airport in about 30 minutes.

Garage parking near the Oakland dock will cost $4 per day during a strike, so passenger drop-offs are recommended. Garages are at 101 WashingtonStreet (700 spaces) and 255-2nd Street (1,092 spaces).  Bring your parking ticket for validation on the ferry.

BART Bus Bridge

If you are starting a trip to the Airport between 5:00 and 8:00 a.m. weekdays, 6:00 and 9:00 a.m. Saturdays, or 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sundays, BART will operate a limited bus bridge between the East Bay and downtown San Francisco. On weekdays, 9 East Bay BART stations will be served (West Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward, Fremont, Dublin/Pleasanton, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Concord, and El Cerrito Del Norte). The San Francisco terminal will be the Transbay Terminal, served by Samtrans routes KX and 292 to and from SFO. Return transportation will be offered from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. daily including weekends, but only for passengers that rode the bus in the morning.