Starting Sept. 11, BART will roll out a new train schedule that slightly reduces the frequency of trains on weekdays but increases the frequency of trains on weekends and evenings so that “no BART rider will wait more than 20 minutes for a scheduled train no matter what hour of the day or day of the week,” according to the transit agency.
The new schedule, for example, will reduce the frequency of trains during the daytime on the Richmond line from eight trains per hour to six trains, but increases the frequency of trains on weekends from four trains per hour to six and on the evenings from two trains per hour to three.
“Riders coming from the Richmond and Berryessa/North San Jose direction will now have a train about every 10 minutes on weekdays during daytime hours instead of a train every 7.5 minutes,” the agency said.
See the maps below to see how all lines will be impacted in terms of trains per hour and wait times for trains.
BART said it scaled back weekday service to improve service on nights and weekends. The new schedule will end 30-minute frequencies throughout the system on nights and weekendsm according to the agency.
The new schedule also significantly increases service daily on the Yellow Line from Antioch to San Francisco, which has the highest ridership but is only served by one line, according to BART.
Also, the new schedule will improve service to and from the airports, with nine trains serving SFO per hour instead of eight during the day, and trains arriving and departing every 20 minutes on nights and the weekend instead of every 30 minutes.
BART also said the new service plan will improve on-time performance and reliability during peak commute hours, since there will be less train traffic and congestion through the core of its systems.
“Trains won’t stack up as frequently as they will be better spaced apart, allowing us to recover from delays faster,” the agency said.
Changes in Frequencies
The maps below display the changes to the number of trains per hour for each line for weekday daytime 5-line service, weekend 5-line service, and evening 3-line service.