San Francisco BART Information
San Francisco Bay Area is surrounded by major cities and small, urban and rural places. The Bay Area is a populated place with nine counties, and they are connected by a network of roads, railroads, tunnels and commuter rail. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) connects to the surrounding areas and some important cities around the San Francisco East Bay. Some cities the metro get connected to are Oakland, Berkeley, Dublin, Walnut Creek, Fremont and other small cities located towards the eastern bay.
BART has been providing reliable transportation to Bay area residents for more than 40 years. Bart operates through five routes covering 167 km and with 44 stations. Weekly an average 373,945 passengers travel through the fifth busiest heavy rail rapid transit system. San Francisco BART offers reliable transportation to passengers to offices, shopping malls, tourist areas, entertainment venues, universities and to other main destinations. By 2013, BART is planning to expand towards San Jose with Silicon Valley Bart extension.
San Francisco BART Routes / BART Lines
All trains pass through Oakland, but the Richmond, Fremont route passes through the Transbay Tube towards San Francisco. Most segments have more than one route and most trains operate through five routes. . The five BART lines and their signage are given:
- Through the Orange Line, the train operates daily from Richmond to Fremont.
- Through the Yellow Line, the train operates daily from Pittsburg to San Francisco International Airport. During weeknights and weekends, the longest point to point BART system extends from the airport to Millbrae.
- Through the Green Line, the train operates from Monday to Saturday from Fremont towards Daly City.
- Through the Red Line, the train runs from Richmond towards Millbrae. It operates from Monday to Saturday.
- Through the Blue Line, the train runs daily from Dublin to Daly City.
- San Francisco BART Map
San Francisco BART Map
Map of San Francisco BART showing various Route Lines and Stations is below. Click on the Map to zoom it. You can also Download San Francisco BART Map PDF.
San Francisco BART Interactive Map
San Francisco BART Hours / BART Schedule
On weekdays, BART service starts from 4.00am and on Saturday the service starts from 6.00am. On Sundays, the services start only by 8.00am. All the services end by midnight. Two lines do not provide night service after 8.00 pm and they also don’t provide service on Sunday. The two lines are from Fremont to Daly City and from Richmond to Daly city. In total, there are five BART lines and each line tracks are shared with other lines. On each line, the train runs every 15 minutes during weekdays and during evening, weekend and holidays, the train runs every 20 minutes. In Oakland and San Francisco, the train runs on four lines. Use the official website of BART to use the BART Trip Planner; you can also check BART Schedule by Station or by Line
San Francisco BART Fares, Tickets and Cards
The BART tickets are like credit cards with stored value and you can purchase a ticket from BART stations. Children under four years of age can have a free ride and for everyone else, they must pay for a ticket. BART fares are calculated based length of the trip and you can’t buy BART tickets from vending machines. The discount tickets are sold through the mail only. The minimum fare to travel under 9.7 km is $1.75. Bart uses five different colored coded tickets for discounts, special and regular fare.
- Blue ticket is for general ride.
- Red tickets for disabled person and children aged four. Disable person will get a 62.5 % discount on the ride.
- Orange tickets are for students, and 50% discount is provided to students aged between 13 to 18.
- BART plus is a high value ticket with flash pass privileges. The ticket is for transit operators.
San Francisco BART Parking
All BART stations don’t have parking facility. You will be needed to provide a daily fee for parking vehicles at BART stations. The daily parking fees differ in each station. Disabled people are also be required to pay parking fees. To park vehicles in the permit area, you have to purchase in advance single day, monthly or long term permit. Purchase BART EZ rider card to pay the parking fees at the station.
San Francisco BART Rules and Tips
BART is one of the safest way to commute as it takes care of the safety of passengers. At all stations don’t cross the track and touch the electric third rail. Use escalators safely and use the handrail. If you have lost any of your belonging, you can check get in touch with the BART Lost and Found department at 510 464-7090.If you are in some serious trouble, you can get in touch with the BART Police at 911 (Emergencies) or 877 679-7000 (Non Emergency). For complaints, call BART at phone number: 510 464-7134.