Letter: Stranded by BART, buses at SFO
- Published Friday, August 29, 2003, in the San Francisco Chronicle
Letters to the Editor
I arrived at SFO Sunday at 11:40 p.m. I got to the new SFO BART
station before midnight, but the last East Bay train had left at
11:54. I backtracked to the terminal and tried a shuttle. The last
one left at -- you guessed it -- midnight.
I reviewed my options -- alone, because the information booths at
SFO are all closed in the evening. A taxi would cost $75 or so, a
cabbie informed me. The only alternative was the Samtrans bus --
$1.25 to the Transbay Transit Terminal. I took it, arriving at 1:10
a.m. I followed the signs to AC Transit - - and found the doors were
locked. I backtracked to the entrance, where a bystander told me the
AC Transit bus had just left (from the Samtrans bus stop). The next
one would be in an hour, and would leave me at 14th and Broadway in
I finally negotiated an illicit deal with a cabbie, who took me
across the bridge and charitably relieved me of my last cent. I got
home by 3 a.m.
So much for San Francisco, the world-class city; the
beamy "Welcome!" from Mayor Willie Brown at SFO; the exhortation to
leave the car at home and take public transport to SFO. Has nobody
figured out there are flights that come in after 11:30 p.m.? Not to
mention the ones such as mine that are delayed? Surely we can do
better than this.