BART scrambling to meet demand as Bay Bridge closes 

BART officials are running longer trains and pressing additional operators and trains into service to deal with an expected increase in riders following the closure of the Bay Bridge this evening.

While BART normally begins running shorter trains in the evening as demand drops, trains will remain longer tonight to accomodate commuters trying to avoid the bridge, BART spokesman Linton Johnson said.

While BART will not be providing overnight service, it will call additional operators and trains into service for the morning commute and run longer trains again starting at 4 a.m.

"All the cars we can possibly muster into service tomorrow, we will put them into service if needed," Johnson said.

Trains are expected to be crowded, especially during peak commute hours.

"The peak of our morning commute is usually between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.," BART Assistant General Manager of Operations Paul
Oversier said. "We urge our customers to try to ride either before those times or after if possible.”

Riders are also encouraged to avoid driving to BART stations, where parking lots are likely to fill up early.

 

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