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Alternative routes for your commute

on October 13, 2013

With BART on strike, here are some alternative commuting options for getting around the Bay Area:

AC Transit
According to the website, “AC Transit will run its regular service—in the East Bay, to San Francisco, and to the Peninsula. We have some additional seating capacity on our existing local and transbay lines. We will supplement transbay lines to San Francisco with extra service to the extent possible, depending on bus and operator availability.”

The site also indicates that bus stops located at BART stations can be accessed outside of BART property.

For travel within the East Bay, bus fares are $1.05 for children (up to 18 years old), $2.10 for adults and $1.05 for Seniors (65+) and disabled patrons. To San Francisco and the peninsula, fares are $2.10, $4.20 and $2.10, respectively. Local bus transfers are $.25.

To map your commute with AC Transit, click here.

Amtrak will run as scheduled. While the commute will be shorter, it is a bit more expensive than AC Transit, with fares ranging between $9 and $12 to travel to Oakland and San Francisco.

For more information on traveling by AMTRAK, click here.

According to the website: “WestCAT will set up temporary bus stops on Kearny Street outside of the El Cerrito del Norte BART station. WestCAT will not enter the BART station during the strike. WestCAT will operate regular J service on Saturday and Sunday. Columbus Day, Monday, October 14, 2013 is a regular weekday.

Please be advised that transit is not equipped to handle the volume of passengers who will be affected by a BART strike and standing space is limited. However, we will do as much as we can to accommodate as many customers as possible, but we ask for your patience. Arrive early and anticipate delays. Thank you in advance your cooperation.”

For more information on WestCAT’s strike routes, click here. For fare information, click here.

There’s also casual carpooling, which meets at the Richmond Park and Ride. For more information, click here.

If you’ve wanted to navigate the East Bay by bike, the East Bay Bike Coalition has plenty of tips to get you started.

Lastly, BART will be providing a limited charter bus service. For more information click here.


  1. Asking on October 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I want to know the way by taking the ferry? And how come they don’t privitized bart? Every major country in the world privitized their subway system. Why not USA

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