BART’s Proposed Schedule: Weekends Are Back, Weekdays Can Wait
Thanks to NBC Bay Area for sharing the news that BART plans to increase weekend service and decrease weekday service.
BART is proposing a new service plan that would increase weekend and evening service while decreasing weekday daytime service. The plan is being presented to the BART Board of Directors on Thursday, April 27 and if approved, it would go into effect in September.
The plan is designed to respond to the changing demands of BART riders. Weekend ridership has returned to pre-pandemic levels, while weekday ridership remains below pre-pandemic levels. BART says that this is due to the fact that many people are still working from home.
The new service plan would increase weekend and evening service from two trains per hour to three trains per hour. Weekday daytime service would decrease from four trains per hour to three trains per hour. BART says that this would allow it to increase service without hiring more staff or spending more money.
The new service plan has been met with mixed reactions from BART riders. Some riders are pleased that weekend and evening service will be increased, while others are concerned about the decrease in weekday daytime service. BART will be holding public hearings on the plan in the coming weeks.