Labor Day Weekend: BART transbay closure, fewer Muni trains

Major transit closures and major events across San Francisco this Labor Day Weekend have officials worried.

BART, Caltrain and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are all sounding alarms, asking riders to stay home or find alternate transit during the weekend.

Agencies have issued special instructions to navigate the BART’s transbay closure, Muni metro train night-time closures, Labor Day Holiday limited bus schedules — and a Billy Joel concert at AT&T Park.

The biggest impacts may come from the transbay BART stoppage, as the agency will not run trains between West Oakland BART and Embarcadero BART stations over the weekend. A similar closure last month went smoothly, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.

BART ran buses over the Bay Bridge to make up for lack of service, which were largely empty and sparsely populated. Still, Trost said, best to prepare for the worst because “it all relies on bridge traffic … we don’t think we’ll have a major influx of people.”

Labor Day Weekend is a historically low ridership day for BART, she said. Also, the annual Burning Man event may translate to many locals being out of town.

The Central Subway Trackway Project will be under construction at the intersection of 4th and King streets over Labor Day Weekend from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Tuesday, which may also lead to delays.

The SFMTA is working ‘round the clock to make sure there are extra trains available for the Saturday night Billy Joel concert at AT&T park as well.

“For some of us, sleep is overrated,” said John Haley, director of transit at SFMTA. Roughly two thirds of his staff, inspectors, mechanics, security, operators and dispatchers are working overtime to meet the transit needs of the weekend.

“We’ll be ready,” he said.

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