The directors of BART and AC Transit approved a pilot project this week that will increase bus service early mornings on Saturday and Sunday from San Francisco to the East Bay, including Richmond, as part of an effort to improve transbay transportation during the early-morning hours when BART is closed for maintenance.
For one year starting as soon as December, AC Transit will increase frequency on late-night lines from San Francisco to Richmond and Fremont and will also add a route that stops at Pittsburg-Bay Point BART station.
The main adjustment affecting Richmond residents will be to “All Nighter” route 800. The pilot project will add two more bus runs on the 800 route between 12:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, cutting frequency of service on those nights from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes.
Additionally, late-night bus routes, including route 800, will now begin in San Francisco at 24th and Mission streets rather than at Van Ness Avenue and Market Street.
BART, which runs its last train through the Tansbay Tube at 12:26 a.m., said it is funding the pilot project in response to a call from riders to bolster late-night transportation between San Francisco and the East Bay. BART halts train service for maintenance work during the early-morning hours.