San Francisco's BART Takes Safety Action, Tree Removal Prompts Temporary Suspension and Bus Replacements

San Francisco's BART Takes Safety Action, Tree Removal Prompts Temporary Suspension and Bus ReplacementsSource: Bay Area Rapid Transit
Nina Singh-Hudson
Published on November 08, 2023

With the onset of winter, BART is taking preventative safety steps by removing trees that may pose a risk near their tracks. The initiative predominantly impacts San Francisco and Daly City, necessitating slight alterations to existing transport plans for passengers. A recent BART press release reveals free bus services will replace train travel between Glen Park and Daly City stations during the first weekend of December, causing potential delays of up to 30 minutes.

BART's decision, citing the need for enhanced commuter safety during the upcoming storm season, exemplifies their dedication to ensuring a safe travel environment. Similar safety measures have been previously employed, including strengthening infrastructure to prevent potential landslides and upgrading train control systems. These actions are part of BART's continued effort to tackle potential vulnerabilities within the public transportation network of the San Francisco Bay Area.

During the work weekend, passengers traveling between Glen Park and Daly City stations must alight their trains and board the complimentary shuttle buses to finish their trip. As detailed in the BART press release, some buses will operate directly between the two stations, while others will make stopovers at Glen Park, Balboa Park, and Daly City. Passengers who are traveling via Transbay and aim to avoid the bus bridge are suggested to start their journey at Glen Park.

With the ongoing track shutdown, both Red and Green line services will be temporarily suspended. The Blue Line trains would turn back from the 24th Street/Mission Station, placing a suggestion for Blue Line users to switch at the 24th Street/Mission to a Yellow Line train for their journey toward San Francisco International Airport (SFO)/Millbrae. The final northbound Yellow Line train originally set to leave Millbrae at 11:52 p.m. and SFO at 12:00 a.m. would be canceled; however, passengers can utilize the 11:40 p.m. Yellow Line service departing from Millbrae and leaving SFO at 11:48 p.m. on both days.

BART, during the weekend track closure, plans to execute additional trackway improvements to further meet a safer and more reliable transport network goal. Additional information regarding BART's tree removal safety initiative can be located on their project page.