The long-awaited replacement of the Bay Bridge is just hours away.
After the last cars drive through the old eastern span at 8 p.m. Wednesday, people looking to get to and from San Francisco will have to resort to alternate transportation until the new replacement span opens, which is expected to occur by 5 a.m. Tuesday.
BART will be the best option for travel Labor Day weekend “without question,” according to Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman John Goodwin. Hourly trains will run round-the-clock tonight through midnight Monday serving 14 stations between San Francisco International Airport and Concord, and Dublin/Pleasanton and El Cerrito del Norte. On 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, regular service will resume.
The only other direct route is travel by sea.
San Francisco Bay Ferry is bumping up its weekday and holiday weekend schedules, providing additional peak time routes for the Oakland, Alameda, Vallejo and Harbor Bay runs and operating direct service between San Francisco and Oakland and San Francisco and Main Street in Alameda.
Golden Gate Ferry will also run additional trips to Larkspur and Sausalito. For live traffic information and trip planning, call 511 or visit www.511.org.
Motorists planning to use the Golden Gate Bridge, Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, San Mateo-Hayward Bridge and Dumbarton Bridge as detours should expect delays similar to previous Labor Day weekend Bay Bridge closures.
These options considered, there is a “good chance” the new eastern span will open early, according to Bay Bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon.