End of Millbrae-SFO BART service vexes Caltrain riders
- 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
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
"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.