Bay Bridge Closure: Not A Bad Morning Commute

The Berkeley BART commute around 8 a.m. (Lisa Aliferis / KQED)
The Berkeley BART commute around 8 a.m. (Lisa Aliferis / KQED)

Update 10:45 a.m.

OK, so no big problems in the morning commute (save the Caltrain fatality). Officials agree that everything went relatively smoothly.

On BART this morning shortly after 8 a.m., Nik from Berkeley looked at the crowd on the train and said it wasn’t the worst he’d seen, although “definitely more crowded than usual.” He’s been commuting on BART for the last year and a half. He said the most crowded he had seen BART was “probably the championship parade for the San Francisco Giants.” Today, he said, “you can still fit people on board.”

Caltrain has stopped service in Palo Alto.
Caltrain stopped service in Palo Alto due to a pedestrian fatality. (Craig Miller / KQED)

Update 8:34 a.m.

Caltrain says trains are being single-tracked at reduced speeds.

Update 8:15 a.m.

Caltrain has stopped service on the SB 210 train in Palo Alto because of a pedestrian fatality. Train NB 221 is holding at San Antonio. Train SB 320 is holding at Palo Alto. Expect major delays.

Empty seats on the 6:45 ferry from Alameda to San Francisco. (Cy Musiker / KQED)
Empty seats on the 6:45 ferry from Alameda to San Francisco. (Cy Musiker / KQED)

Update Thursday Aug. 29, 7:15 a.m.:

Southbound I-880 is a mess near San Leandro, from 98th Avenue down to East Lewelling Boulevard, with heavy stop-and-go traffic and at least one accident. See how the freeways and bridges are moving right now.

On the 6:45 ferry from Alameda to San Francisco, however, there was plenty of room.

On the first night of the Bay Bridge closure, BART runs trains all night. About a dozen people wait in MacArthur BART station to take the 1:28 am train to San Francisco. Photo by (Deborah Svoboda / KQED)
On the first night of the Bay Bridge closure, BART runs trains all night. About a dozen people wait in MacArthur BART station to take the 1:28 am train to San Francisco. Photo by (Deborah Svoboda / KQED)

 

Traffic at 6:45 a.m. is moving well, though the alternate bridges are crowded. ABC7 News reports that it’s taking about half an hour to cross the San Mateo Bridge. BART ridership is expected to be 30 percent higher than usual today. Start early if you have to get across the bay – take a look at our guide to get you from here to there.

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