BART STRIKE: Your commute today

BART STRIKE: Your commute today

Michele Ellson

Photo from the BART blog.

As of press time Monday night, BART workers appeared headed for a second day on strike. Here are other options for getting where you need to go.


The regional ferry system will continue to run additional ferries between Alameda and San Francisco during commute hours, with direct service to San Francisco from the Main Street terminal. The city is running shuttles to and from the Island's two terminals, with extra parking for the Harbor Bay ferry at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex and valet bicycle parking at the Main Street terminal. The city is also relaxing parking rules near both ferry terminals, allowing parking along the curb of Harbor Bay Parkway and Main Street to accommodate ferry riders.
Ferry schedules
Shuttle information


The driver's union for AC Transit - their contract has also lapsed - opted not to go on strike Monday, with union leaders saying they'd offer the public 24 hours notice before embarking on a strike. AC Transit has added buses on its transbay trips between Oakland and San Francisco to accommodate what they said were thousands of additional riders; bus stops inside BART property have been moved. The bus service's plan appears to be to keep providing enhanced transbay service to the extent possible and to capitalize on extra seats on their existing bus runs.
AC Transit information


The trains may not be running, but BART managers say they've secured three dozen charter buses to ferry passengers from West Oakland to San Francisco during the hours of 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., though the buses will serve only a tiny fraction of the traffic BART typically handles. Passengers can park at the West Oakland BART station and ride the buses for free. Bus service will also be available from the El Cerrito, Dublin/Pleasanton, Fremont and Walnut Creek stations between the hours of 5 a.m. to 8 a.m., returning from San Francisco between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. (stop will be near the Transbay Terminal).
BART buses (scroll down)


Alameda has at least two casual carpool spots we know about - one on Encinal Avenue at Park Avenue and another on Santa Clara Avenue at Webster Street.
Casual carpool history and rules
511 Ridematch Service


While the BART strike has sent hundreds of thousands of riders looking for other ways to get to work, the reality is that most people still drive solo. Census data show that nearly two-thirds of Alamedans commute to work alone in their cars. offers real-time traffic information and is a clearinghouse for everything you'd want to know about commuting in the Bay Area, offering a ride match service for carpoolers, a transit trip planner and even a map of Bay Area parking lots.
Real-time traffic, and everything else you need to know