UPDATED: Ferry service, shuttles added as BART workers strike

UPDATED: Ferry service, shuttles added as BART workers strike

Michele Ellson

Ferry service will be increased to accommodate Alameda commuters during the BART strike. Here are strike schedules and a map of stops for shuttles that will run to and from the terminals.

Updated at 6:57 a.m. Monday, July 1

San Francisco Bay Ferry will step up service for Alameda’s commuters today as BART workers strike.

The ferry service will run direct service between the Alameda Main Street terminal and San Francisco’s Ferry Building every 45 minutes during the morning and evening commutes and is also adding boats for commuters on its Harbor Bay ferry line. Service from Alameda to South San Francisco will remain the same.

It isn't clear how many additional passengers can be accommodated by the extra runs.

To get commuters to the ferry terminals, the city has set up a free shuttle service that will run from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to both of the Island’s terminals. The city is also offering extra parking, at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex and near the Main Street terminal, and valet bike parking will be available at the Main Street terminal.

The city will also relax parking enforcement near ferry terminals, according to a city press release, though anyone who commits a “flagrant” violation – including “the blocking of driveways, sidewalks, handicap parking, or fire hydrants” per a city press release – can expect to be ticketed.

Managers at AC Transit, meanwhile, said Monday that bus service would continue as normal, though buses won't be stopping on BART property. The bus service's drivers also saw their contract expire at midnight and also voted to authorize a strike, but union leaders, who held an urgent meeting with members Sunday afternoon, said on one of their Facebook pages that they would give 24 hours notice of any strike.

"ATU Local 192 puts safety and the riding public first. We intend to give 24 hours notice before any action is taken," union leaders wrote on their Facebook page.

BART carries 400,000 passengers on a typical weekday and 96,000 through the Transbay Tube during peak commute times, though it’s likely that fewer people will be commuting next week due to the Fourth of July holiday. AC Transit ferries 174,000 people a day.

Close to 15 percent of Alameda’s workers commute to work on public transit, U.S. Census Bureau data show.

Additional updates on the BART strike and commute options is available via 511.org. The Alamedan will also be watching this situation closely and providing updates.