BART workers are on strike today. Here are some commute options for getting around without the transit system.
• Commuters are urged to travel in off-hours, leaving for work earlier or leaving for home later, and to carpool.
• 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.
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 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
Muni is prioritizing service on the 14-Mission, 49-Van Ness, J-Church and N-Judah lines during commute hours.