BART reducing service starting Monday as ridership nosedives

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BART is reducing its service starting Monday due to a vast reduction in ridership since the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a Bay Area shelter-in-place order.

Starting Monday, BART service will provide service Monday to Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. rather than from 5 a.m. to midnight. Current weekday train frequency will remain.

Starting Saturday, March 28, 2020, weekend service will run from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Currently, service runs Saturday from 6 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 8 a.m. to midnight. Current weekend train frequency will remain.

All riders must be in the system by 8:45 p.m. to have a guaranteed ride to their destination, according to BART.

BART will monitor ridership data each day to determine how long these service hours will be in effect.

The transit agency is reassigning a significant number of operating staff to capital projects to accelerate system reinvestment work.

In other moves to save on operating costs, BART has implemented a hiring freeze except for its police department, cancelled funding certain overtime and suspended all employee travel and conferences and other work-related travel.

BART is also seeking emergency funds from all levels of government.