BART has put up small signs on its turnstiles to alert patrons that there won't be any Transbay service on Aug. 1 and 2. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
BART has put up small signs on its turnstiles to alert patrons that there won’t be any transbay service Aug. 1-2. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

BART will shut down its transbay service between Oakland and San Francisco on Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2, to repair the tracks.

“We understand the interruption in service will be a significant inconvenience for tens of thousands of people but we simply can’t avoid making these repairs,” BART Assistant General Manager for Operations Paul Oversier said on the transit service’s website. “We need to completely rebuild one of the hardest working sections of track in the entire BART system. Once the work is finished, riders can expect a faster, smoother ride between West Oakland and Embarcadero.”

If you absolutely have to get to San Francisco but don’t have a car, BART will run a “lifeline” bus service between the 19th Street station in Oakland and the Temporary Transbay Terminal on Folsom Street in San Francisco. But BART does not have the capacity to take large crowds, so it is asking people to only use the bus service if they don’t have other options. BART is warning there may be a one to two hour delay when relying on this service.

BART workers are planning to rebuild a crossover that sits between the West Oakland station and the Transbay Tube. Check out the video below for more information.

About 420,000 people use BART everyday. About 98,000 use it on a typical Saturday and 80,000 on Sunday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

BART also plans to shut down transbay service on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7.

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...