Free public transit available Monday
following MacArthur Maze connector meltdown
screenshot courtesy baconmonkey.
By Lara Moscrip and Ari Barak
April 29, 2007
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. BART riders will travel
free of charge Monday and BART officials will meet Monday to determine
plans for Tuesday.
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. Parking will
be free at BART stations, except for parking in reserved lots.
BART police will enforce reserved parking regulations, according
to Allison. BART recommends parking at North Concord/Martinez,
Richmond, Coliseum/Oakland Airport, Hayward, South Hayward, Colma,
South San Francisco, San Bruno and Millbrae parking lots.
AC Transit buses will be operating on a normal schedule Monday
and all available buses and personnel will be available, according
to spokesman Clarence Johnson. All riders will travel for free,
Johnson said. 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.
According to Johnson, bus lines into San Francisco will stop
at all regular stops, but the buses may use alternate routes to
avoid congestion on Interstate 80. Because many buses make more
than one trip to San Francisco during the morning commute, later
trips leaving the East Bay may be delayed if the bus has to use
a longer route to return to the East Bay, Johnson said.
However, AC Transit plans to attempt to make all scheduled trips,
even if they are delayed.
Local routes may also be affected during the day on Monday by
traffic that is diverted from the freeways onto local streets.
According to Johnson, Monday's evening commute from San Francisco
to the East Bay will be significantly affected and bus lines that
normally use eastbound Interstate 580 will be rerouted. There
will also be additional buses available in San Francisco to try
to keep the schedule on track for the afternoon commute, Johnson
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.
Passengers on using the SFMTA will also ride for free Monday.
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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