More alternatives planned
for East Bay-San Francisco commute
State to reimburse transit authorities
for Monday public transit commute
By Ari Barak
April 29, 2007
Following this morning's collapse
of a section of highway in Oakland's MacArthur Maze, Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a statement saying the state will
reimburse Bay Area transit authorities for free public transit
service offered for commuters on Monday.
The interchanges from eastbound Interstate Highway 80 to eastbound
Interstate Highway 580, and from westbound Interstate Highway
80 to southbound Interstate Highway 880, remain closed indefinitely
after a tanker
truck crashed and exploded, prompting the collapse early this
morning, according to Caltrans.
Bay Area Rapid Transit will run longer trains all day Monday,
adding more cars for increased capacity, according to BART spokesman
Jim Allison. Additional trains between the Pleasant Hill and Montgomery
Street stations, and the Daly City and Richmond stations, will
run during commute hours, Allison said.
As parking at many BART stations is in high demand, Allison urged
commuters to carpool or take the bus to BART stations and to arrive
early or leave for work a little later, if possible.
AC Transit buses will be operating on a normal schedule Monday
and without additional service, according to spokesman Clarence
AC Transit does not have many extra buses or drivers available
to substantially increase its service between the East Bay and
San Francisco, Johnson said. However, he added, the current bus
lines normally have between 40 and 50 percent of their capacity
unfilled, and should be able to accommodate additional passengers
tomorrow, Johnson said.
Alameda-Oakland Ferry service between Oakland and San Francisco
will be doubled from 13 to 26 ferries for the morning and evening
commutes, San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority spokeswoman
Maggie Lynch said.
Lynch also encouraged East Bay commuters to use the Casual Carpool
Program in San Francisco during the afternoon rush hour. It is
located on the east side of Beale Street between Howard and Folsom
streets, and offers service to Hercules, Fairfield, Vallejo, North
Berkeley, Orinda, Lafayette and Oakland/Lakeshore, according to
The San Francisco Police Department at the SFMTA will monitor
on- and off-ramps during the morning commute and will assist traffic
flow at freeway entrances during the afternoon commute, Lynch
While the westbound roadways from Interstate Highway 580 and
Interstate Highway 80 to the Bay Bridge remain open, drivers trying
to reach eastbound Interstate Highway 580 from the Bay Bridge
will have to find alternate routes, according to the California
CHP officials today recommended
several alternate routes for drivers traveling to locations
throughout the Bay Area.
For drivers traveling from San Francisco to Hayward, take eastbound
Interstate Highway 80 over the Bay Bridge to southbound Interstate
For drivers going from San Francisco to Walnut Creek: after the
Bay Bridge, exit eastbound Interstate Highway 80 at West Grand
Avenue, take a left on Northgate Avenue, then enter the on-ramp
to eastbound Interstate Highway 580 towards state Highway 24,
and take eastbound state Highway 24 to Interstate Highway 680.
Four other alternate routes from San Francisco to parts of the
East Bay are recommended:
-Take eastbound Interstate Highway 80 and exit the Albany/Buchanan
off-ramp, turn left under the freeway, left onto westbound Interstate
Highway 80, and follow to eastbound Interstate Highway 580.
-Take southbound U.S. Highway 101 to the eastbound San Mateo
Bridge (state Highway 92) to Interstate Highway 880 north or south.
-Take southbound U.S. Highway 101 to the eastbound Dumbarton
Bridge (state Highway 84) to Interstate Highway 880 north or south.
-Take northbound U.S. Highway 101 over the Golden Gate Bridge
to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge on eastbound Interstate Highway
For drivers going from Richmond to San Jose: take westbound Interstate
Highway 80 to eastbound Interstate Highway 580, then take westbound
Interstate Highway 980 to southbound Interstate Highway 880.
Going from Richmond to San Francisco, drivers can take westbound
Interstate Highway 880 to the Bay Bridge without any detours.
Going from San Francisco to Sacramento, drivers can take eastbound
Interstate Highway 880 to Sacramento without any detours.
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