Tips for riding BART during COVID-19
COVID-19 has now become a part of our daily lives for the foreseeable future, whether we like it or not. And with counties slowly starting to reopen, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about riding BART during this time. We’ve compiled tips for riding BART during COVID-19 and steps you can take to make your ride as safe as possible.
Wear a face covering
County and state health orders are now requiring face coverings while on public transit. Please make sure to have a face covering while you are within the BART system, this includes parking lots and passenger loading zones. Face coverings must cover your mouth and nose. It is not recommended for children under the age of 2 to wear a face covering due to the risk of suffocation.
Please always do your part and help protect your fellow riders by wearing a face covering.
While within the BART system, please maintain six feet of distance from those around you. Large decals, posters, and banners are displayed throughout the system and on-board trains to reinforce social distancing expectations.
If you don’t have a Clipper card yet, now is the time to get one. Clipper allows for contactless payment at BART. This will also reduce how many touchpoints you have during your ride. There is an initial $3.00 fee for Clipper, but you also save $.50 on each BART ride. Clipper cards are available for purchase at all stations and we are in the process of expanding Clipper-only sales systemwide.
Pay for parking via the BART Official App
Available on the Apple and Google Play stores, download the BART Official App. With the BART Official App, you now can pay for parking via the app, eliminating another touchpoint during your journey.
Plan your trip with the Trip Planner and Crowding Charts
With BART running on a modified schedule due to low ridership, it’s important to plan your trip before you go so you aren’t hanging out on the platform. Luckily, there are two tools for you to use. The first being the Trip Planner. Use this to get approximate departure and arrival times for your train between your home and arrival stations.
The second tool is the brand-new Crowding Charts. These charts provide a snapshot of what you can expect in terms of capacity on-board trains. Look up your line (i.e., Green Line - Berryessa/North San José to Daly City) and train departure time from your home station. The number in each square is the average number of riders per car (for example, the 7:38am train departing from Bay Fair on the Green Line – Berryessa/North San José to Daly City has on average 10 riders per car). Aren’t comfortable with those numbers? Look for train times that are less crowded and see if you can adjust your schedule as needed.
As a reminder, BART is running longer trains to allow riders to spread out and maintain social distancing.
Hand sanitizer available in all stations
Looking for hand sanitizer? Hand sanitizer is available in all stations. The dispensers are easy to find, and you can also look for the signs. We also recommend you have travel hand sanitizer with you, just in case.
Personal hand strap
BART is now offering personal hand straps for riders to use and take home for cleaning. This is another way to limit touchpoints along your ride. Hand straps are available online for $5 plus tax and shipping.
Feeling sick? Stay home
If you are feeling sick, we ask that you don’t ride BART. Please stay home and take care of yourself.
BART is working hard to reimagine transit service as our region slowly begins to reopen. We know you're looking to us to provide reassurance that service is as safe as possible and social distancing is followed. For more info on our efforts, check out our 15-step welcome back plan.