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    Published Thursday, January 3, 2008, by The Examiner Shift in BART schedule causes brief hiccup A new BART schedule took effect on Tuesday, temporarily
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 3, 2008
      Published Thursday, January 3, 2008, by The Examiner

      Shift in BART schedule causes brief hiccup

      A new BART schedule took effect on Tuesday, temporarily confusing
      some commuters in the process.

      By Mike Rosenberg
      The Examiner

      MILLBRAE -- Embarking on schedule for his two-minute BART trip from
      Millbrae to San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday morning
      meant Hamilton Wood was right on time for his job at the airport --
      or so he thought.

      Wood and many commuters were puzzled around Peninsula stations
      Wednesday during the first workday after the new BART schedule took
      effect Tuesday. The new timetable mostly eliminated direct trains
      from Millbrae to SFO, an extension that opened in June 2003 and cost
      $1.5 billion.

      "What?" said a surprised Redwood City resident, when told about the
      schedule change. His company had not told him. "I thought I was going
      to be able to go right into the airport. I'm going to be late now."

      Wood and the 407-417 people who take BART from Millbrae to the
      airport each weekday, according to figures from the transit agency,
      had to take the train north one stop to San Bruno, transfer and take
      a train back southeast to the airport.

      BART officials said the trip from Millbrae to SFO should only be an
      extra seven minutes during weekdays and eight minutes on the weekend
      as long as the timed transfer trains remain on schedule. In the
      reverse direction, passengers from SFO on Wednesday had to wait up to
      10 minutes at the San Bruno station for the next train to take them
      back south to Millbrae, where they can connect to Caltrain. BART
      officials said the extra travel time from SFO to Millbrae with the
      new schedule, however, is five more minutes on weekdays and six
      minutes on weekends.

      "It's going to add a few extra minutes; it's an inconvenience," said
      Ryan Rennaker, of Palo Alto, as he waited in the San Bruno station
      for a transfer to Millbrae from SFO.

      Still, one person's inconvenience is another rider's gain.
      Specifically, the 3,600 to 3,700 weekday riders traveling between
      Millbrae and everywhere other than the airport -- about 90 percent
      of those who depart from Millbrae -- will arrive at their destination
      about six minutes earlier than last year by skipping the out-of-the-
      way SFO stop, said BART spokeswoman Luna Salaver.

      Doubling the number of stops at stations south of Daly City will
      also lead to less time waiting on platforms, Salaver said.

      There was also a 5.4 percent fare increase that went into effect
      Tuesday. For Millbrae commuters to the popular Embarcadero, Civic
      Center, Montgomery and Powell stations in San Francisco, for
      instance, the round-trip fare increased from $7.60 to $8.
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