BART updates related to the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Response and prevention efforts
- Station Cleaning: We are wiping down hand-contact surfaces with hospital-grade disinfectant more frequently each day. As of March 11, we also will add hand sanitizers each station. All 48 stations will have at least one dispenser mounted in the paid area of the station.
- Train Car Cleaning: We are wiping down handrails and stanchion with germicidal wipes at end-of-line stations. We continue our regular car cleaning, responding immediately to urgent messes and biohazards, and the scheduled “thorough clean” disinfecting process, including BART to Antioch cars. As the coronavirus spreads into our communities we want our riders to know that BART is a safe way to travel and that if riders practice good hygiene it will help provided safeguards in between our stepped-up cleaning cycles.
- Customer Communication: Multi-lingual posters provided by public health officials with tips about protecting against the flu and coronavirus are being displayed in stations for public view. The following message has been programed to run on the plaform digital signs and was sent out in a service advisory via email, text, and Twitter: BART is working to prevent the spread of coronavirus by wiping down hand-contact surfaces with hospital-grade disinfectant more frequently each day. Please cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Thank You.
- Employee Communication: Good personal hygiene posters have been distributed and posted at employee work locations. Staff has been provided self-quarantine guidance for employees who have recently traveled to a Level 3 Travel Health Notice Countries. BART employees are being kept up to date on personal hygiene and preventive measures recommended by the CDC. This includes how CDC does not currently recommend the use of face masks for those who are not sick. Procurement has ensured current inventories of PPE such as disinfectants, hand sanitizers, face masks for positions that require them, and hand wipes are currently adequately stocked in our warehouses. BART staff has formed an internal task force that is meeting regularly and is dialed into the updates and recommendations coming from local, state, and federal public health officials. We’ve developed an emergency response plan and contingencies if the situation escalates.
- Procurement Activity: Staff has ensured current inventories of PPE such as disinfectants, hand sanitizers, face masks for positions that require them, and hand wipes are currently adequately stocked in our warehouses. Hand sanitizer dispensers have already been distributed to many work locations and will continue to be delivered to all locations.
- Get accurate information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and prevention here.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Maintain physical distancing, at least six feet apart, from others.
- NEW: CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where physical distancing is difficult to maintain. More info on this can be found here.
Face coverings now required for BART riders
BART to run every 30 minutes Monday-Friday
Reducing service also allows greater flexibility to maintain stable service should BART employees need to take time off due to illness or to care for children and family members.
This move will potentially save the operating budget $3-$7 million per month. The savings is realized by shifting employees to capital improvement projects that are not funded by the operating budget. BART is using this time of historically low ridership to focus on essential infrastructure projects that typically are very disruptive to riders or can only be accomplished during overnight hours. These rebuilding efforts have been designated as essential public works projects per the region’s public health orders issued in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Three line service will start earlier in the evening
Starting Wednesday, BART will move up the time the Warm Springs-Daly City (Green) and Richmond-Millbrae (Red) lines that provide direct service to/from San Francisco end and 3-line service begins. This will allow for a longer work window for power cable replacement in San Francisco. The last two train dispatches in both directions on these lines will be cancelled and single tracking in San Francisco will begin around 8pm.
- The last Warm Springs-Daly City (Green) line train departs Warm Springs at 5:16pm and arrives at Daly City at 6:26pm. It then departs Daly City at 6:43pm and arrives at Warm Springs at 7:54pm.
- The last Richmond-Millbrae (Red) line train departs Richmond at 5:41pm and arrives at Millbrae 6:51pm. It then departs at Millbrae at 7:18pm and arrives at Richmond at 8:24pm.
There is only one hole in the new 30-minute schedule. It is on the Red ine departing from Millbrae at 6:18pm. To avoid this gap, customers should board the SFO shuttle from Millbrae at 6pm and connect with the Antioch line train at SFO at 6:26pm and then transfer at MacArthur at 7:10pm to the Richmond train.
All riders must be in the system by 8:45pm to have a guaranteed ride to their destination.
Early Bird Express service changes starting Monday, April 27, 2020
- 701 (Pittsburg/Bay Point Station to Salesforce Transit Center)
- 702 (Pleasant Hill Station to Salesforce Transit Center)
- 704 (El Cerrito Del Norte Station to Salesforce Transit Center)
- 705 (MacArthur Station to Salesforce Transit Center via 19th St./Oakland Station
- 706 (Bay Fair Station to Salesforce Transit Center via Fruitvale Station)
- 713 (Salesforce Transit Center to San Francisco International Airport Station)
- 714 (Salesforce Transit Center to Daly City Station)
- 703 (Dublin/Pleasanton Station to Salesforce Transit Center)
- 707 (Fremont Station to Salesforce Transit Center)
- 708 (El Cerrito Del Norte Station to 19th St./Oakland Station)
- 709 (Antioch Station to Pittsburg/Bay Point Station)
- 712 (Pittsburg/Bay Point Station to 19th St./Oakland Station)
- 715 (North Concord Station to Pleasant Hill Station)
Previously announced service changes
- Monday-Friday service is 5am-9pm (previously 5am-Midnight) began on Monday, March 23.
- Saturday-Sunday service is 8am-9pm (previously Saturday service started at 6am) began on Saturday, March 28.
Service during Bay Area shelter in place order
- BART, along with other essential businesses, are “strongly encouraged to remain open.”
- To the greatest extent feasible, BART should allow for social distancing of at least six feet from any other person including, but not limited to, when any customers are standing in line.
- People must use public transit only for purposes of performing essential activities or to travel to and from work to operate essential businesses or maintain essential governmental functions and essential infrastructure operations and maintenance. People riding on public transit must comply with social distancing requirements, to the greatest extent feasible. The shelter in place order defines each of those categories.
- to obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members.
- to engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members.
- to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
- to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
- to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction.
- required by law enforcement or court order.
- required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the County.