BART, AC Transit, ferries free today

BART, AC Transit and transbay ferry service will be free today, according to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Office.

BART: BART will run longer trains all day today, and add six trains between Pleasant Hill and Montgomery stations during the morning commute. BART will also add four afternoon trains, three between Montgomery and Pleasant Hill and one between Daly City and Richmond.

AC Transit: The East Bay bus system is not adding additional buses, but will detour transbay routes so they do not pass through the fire site, according to spokesman Clarence Johnson. The detours will not affect any stops, but passengers, particularly those traveling east from San Francisco, should expect delays.

Ferries: Alameda/Oakland Ferry Service will be doubled from 13 to 26 ferries for both the morning and evening commutes. Schedules will remain the same. Arrivals and departures will be from Gate E at the Ferry building. Ferry officials will monitor ridership a nd may add additional service if needed.

Carpooling: 511.org offers a free matching service for those interested in carpooling. It also offers a list ofpark-and-ride lots for commuters meeting with rideshare partners or taking public transit.

Driving: The California Highway Patrol recommends these alternate routes for commuters who must travel through the Bay Bridge/MacArthur Maze interchange:

From San Francisco to Hayward
» Eastbound I-80 to southbound I-880

From San Francisco to Walnut Creek
» Eastbound I-80 and exit West Grand Street
» Left on NorthGate Street
» Enter on ramp to eastbound I-580 toward SR-24
» Take eastbound SR-24 to I-680

From San Francisco to Sacramento
» Eastbound I-80 to Sacramento (no detour)

From San Francisco to East Bay
» Southbound U.S. Highway 101 to eastbound SR-92
» SR-92 to I-880 northbound or southbound

From San Francisco to East Bay (second alternate)
» Southbound U.S. Highway 101 to eastbound SR-84
» SR-84 eastbound to I-880 northbound or southbound

From San Francisco to East Bay (third alternate)
» Northbound U.S. Highway 101 to Richmond/San Rafael Bridge eastbound (I-580)
» Westbound Richmond/San Rafael Bridge (I-580) to I-80 westbound

From Richmond to San Jose
» Westbound I-80 to eastbound I-580
» From eastbound I-580 to westbound I-980
» Westbound I-980 to southbound I-880

From Richmond to San Francisco
» Westbound I-80 to Bay Bridge (no detours)

San Francisco to East Bay
» Eastbound I-80 and exit Albany/Buchanon ramp
» Turn left under the freeway
» Left onto westbound 80
» Take westbound I-80 to eastbound I-580

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