BART Track Improvements
Weekend delays between Orinda and Walnut Creek BART Stations, bus bridge, and Highway 24 lane closures -
BART is making extensive repairs and upgrades to the track between Orinda and Walnut Creek stations on most weekends through October, including some upcoming full weekend closures with bus bridges. Using Measure RR funds, they will be replacing track and electrical equipment, installing new switches, improving station platforms, and making other repairs and improvements to provide more reliable, safer, quieter, smoother and faster service.
Closure weekends: 8/17-18, 8/31-9/2 (Labor Day Weekend), 9/14-15, 9/28-29, 10/12-13, 10/26-27
Riders should expect delays of 40 minutes or more on closure weekends.
County Connection and AC Transit will provide free shuttle bus services:
1. Direct service between Orinda and Walnut Creek
2. Service between Orinda, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek stations
Single-tracking on some Saturdays will mean delays of up to 30 minutes. Please plan your trip with that in mind. We will single-track on 7/27, 8/3, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21, and 10/19. They may need to turn back some trains at Orinda to maintain our schedule. If so, you will be asked to leave the train you are on and board a different train to reach your destination.
Highway 24 Lane Closures
On select weekends including single-tracking Saturdays, they will be closing the two eastbound lanes on the far-left side of Highway 24 near the Lafayette Station and Oak Hill Road to allow equipment and material to be placed near and in our tracks. The next lane closure is scheduled for 11 pm Friday August 9 and will continue until 7 am Saturday August 10. The two eastbound lanes of 24 will also be closed Saturday August 10 at 11pm until 9 am Sunday August 11.
Lane closures for single-tracking Saturdays will only happen during overnight hours from 11 pm Friday to 7 am Saturday and 11pm Saturday to 9 am Sunday. All lane closures will happen near the Lafayette Station at Oak Hill Road.
They will also do work at night after service closes on weeknights through at least the end of October.
Use the Trip Planner, call the BART Transit Information Center at (510) 465-BART (2278), or get the Official BART app to plan your trip.
BART Open at 5 A.M. Weekdays
Beginning February 11th, BART will operate on a new schedule. Weekday service will begin at 5 am. Train times will vary on Sundays as well as weekdays after 9pm. Please regularly plan your trips on bart.gov or the official BART app and always check before you go. BART service will start an hour later at 5 a.m. so crews have more time to work on seismic upgrades to the Transbay Tube so it can withstand a major earthquake. Local transit agencies have set up a new “Early Bird Express” bus network, which will operate between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Please visit bart.gov/earlybirdexpress for bus schedule information, fares and parking options.
WEEKNIGHTS AFTER 9 P.M.
Trains will single-track through the Transbay Tube after 9 p.m. on weeknights while crews make seismic upgrades. Trains will run every 24 minutes system-wide instead of every 20 minutes.
The Dublin/Pleasanton (Blue) line, which currently provides direct service between Dublin/Pleasanton and San Francisco on Sundays, will stop running at MacArthur Station. Riders using the Dublin/Pleasanton (Blue) line will need to transfer at 12th Street/Oakland City Center Station to get to and from San Francisco.
NEW TRAINS, MORE SEATS IN THE FLEET
BART will begin to add additional Fleet of the Future trains to the schedule. BART will also start running longer trains during commute hours, which means there will be more seats in the fleet for riders.
Because there are so many changes to the schedule, BART officials urge that you please “check before you go” by using the official BART app (available in the App Store and Google Play), visitng bart.gov or calling (510) 465-BART to plan your trip and double-check your train status before you head out.
Thank you for your understanding as BART workers make these necessary repairs so that the system runs reliably for decades to come.