BART strike commute options 

click to enlarge Commuters wait to pay their tolls on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Monday, July 1, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. Negotiations between the two largest unions representing more than 2,300 Bay Area Rapid Transit workers and BART management broke off late Sunday despite the request of California Gov. Jerry Brown in a last-ditch effort to reach a deal. - AP PHOTO/BEN MARGOT
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  • Commuters wait to pay their tolls on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Monday, July 1, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. Negotiations between the two largest unions representing more than 2,300 Bay Area Rapid Transit workers and BART management broke off late Sunday despite the request of California Gov. Jerry Brown in a last-ditch effort to reach a deal.

BART workers are on strike today. Here are some commute options for getting around without the transit system.

DRIVING

• Commuters are urged to travel in off-hours, leaving for work earlier or leaving for home later, and to carpool.

• BART parking lots will be available to commuters, who can find a "casual carpool" pickup location via a map at traffic.511.org/#TRIP; more information at ridenow.org.

• Caltrans is adding additional toll collectors to the Bay Bridge and adjusting metering lights. Carpool lanes will be all day from 5 a.m. till 7 p.m..

• Commuters can bypass the Bay Bridge and take the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and then the Golden Gate Bridge, but this commute involves a road that narrows to one lane in each direction and is already "at capacity" in the afternoons.

• Above all, allot extra time for travel.

BUS

AC Transit (14,000 commuters to San Francisco; 174,000 total daily riders):

• Will operate a bus shuttle from 20th Street and Broadway in Oakland to downtown San Francisco "every 3 to 5 minutes."

• Will increase daily trans-Bay capacity to 30,000 trips from 14,000.

BART

• BART is running 58 charter buses from El Cerrito del Norte, Walnut Creek, Dublin/Pleasanton, and Fremont stations to a site near the Transbay Terminal in downtown San Francisco. The buses will operate from 5 a.m. till 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. till 7 p.m. The buses can only serve 2,000 to 4,000 passengers.

SamTrans:

• Will run a shuttle from the Daly City and Colma stations to the link to Muni at the top of the hill in Daly City.

SolTrans:

• Routes from Vallejo that normally terminate at the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station will continue all the way to the temporary Transbay Terminal in San Francisco.

MunI

• Will prioritize resources to add extra service on 14-Mission, 49-Van Ness, J-Church and N-Judah lines.

FERRY AND TRAIN

SF Bay Ferry (6,000 normal daily commuters):

• Capacity expanded from 20,000 seats to 50,000 seats.

• Extra ferries on Vallejo-S.F. and Alameda-S.F. routes; 11 vessels in service instead of the usual eight.

• Ferries will run every 45 minutes from 6 a.m. to 8:35 p.m.

Golden Gate Ferry (5,550 normal daily commuters):

• Already at capacity, no extra boats.

Caltrain (50,000 normal daily commuters):

• Most trains are at capacity.

• Extra trains may be put into service, but not on a regular basis.

ALSO

Muni is prioritizing service on the 14-Mission, 49-Van Ness, J-Church and N-Judah lines during commute hours.

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