Midnight train to the East Bay: BART expands late night service

Commuters walk off of a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train July 5, 2005 in San Francisco, California
Commuters walk off of a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train July 5, 2005 in San Francisco, California Photo credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

As San Francisco nightlife begins to get back on track, so too are late night BART trains.

The transit agency announced that, starting Thursday night, it will run interim late night service Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The limited service will last until August 2, when the agency plans to significantly expand all its hours of operation.

"The limited late night service aims to give late night workers and patrons enjoying San Francisco nightlife more options to return home," BART said in a release.

The increased service includes four trains departing at 11:30 p.m. from either Embarcadero or Civic Center and serving eight stops: Civic Center and 16th Street Mission in San Francisco along with Daly City and West Oakland, MacArthur, Pleasant Hill, El Cerrito del Norte, and Bay Fair stations in the East Bay.

The added service will be in addition to the specialized services for A’s and Giants night games.

On August 2, all services, including late night, will expand to run at higher frequencies until midnight from Monday through Saturday. Weekday service will run every 15 minutes between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., followed by every 30 minutes from then until the last train at midnight. Saturday trains will run four times per hour on most lines from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., while Sunday service will run every 30 minutes from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The agency said it was able to advance this massive schedule addition by “working collaboratively with labor partners to accelerate the hiring, training, and shift sign-up process.”