BART once again investigating late-night Friday service

BART’s oft-discussed weekend service is back on the table, with the transit agency now proposing to extend the running times of trains by 30 minutes on Friday night and push back the start of Saturday’s service by 20 minutes.

The transit agency, which carries about 350,000 passengers a day, is also proposing an early morning bus service that would carry commuters to BART stations in areas without local public transit options.

Passengers will be asked for their feedback on both plans this Saturday. BART will be handing out informational fliers on the bus service proposal to early morning passengers, and from 6 to 7 a.m. BART staffers will be collecting comments from riders at the Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell and Civic Center stations.

On Oct. 15, also a Saturday, BART staffers will conduct on-board passenger surveys on the late-night service proposals. The agency will detail the findings of the surveys at its Nov. 17 board of directors meeting, and if an initiative for late-night weekend service is approved, the new changes will go into effect by February of next year.

BART board president Bob Franklin has been a strong advocate of later service on Friday night, but a recent survey found that the changes would adversely affect minority and low-income riders.

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