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Coronavirus: As BART slashes hours, SFO running ’emergency bus service’ to and from East Bay

San Francisco International Airport has begun operating late-night “emergency bus service” to and from the East Bay for airport personnel and fliers affected by BART’s decision to limit service.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, BART has cut its operating hours and has temporarily suspended service past 9 p.m.

In place of train service from SFO to the East Bay, the airport is providing shuttles that will depart the airport from Courtyard G at the International Terminal at 10:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m. and 12:15 a.m.

The airport is also providing late-night bus service from the North Concord/Martinez BART station that departs at 12:20 a.m. and stops at four other stations before arriving at the airport at 1:45 a.m.

The bus service is free, but passengers may be asked to show a SFO ID badge, tenant employee identification or proof of same-day air travel such as a boarding pass.

Bus service began on Monday evening and could be expanded or enhanced in the coming days, but BART and SFO say the current schedule will remain in place through at least Friday.

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The bus is a large blue two-door transit bus with “SFO Parking Service” branding, but a BART press release does not specify how many passengers the bus can accommodate and if multiple buses will be used to encourage social distancing.

Inbound and outbound buses will stop at three San Francisco stations — Balboa Park, Mission/Silver, Salesforce Transit Center– as well as at the 19th Street station in Oakland and the North Concord/Martinez station. Buses leaving SFO for the East Bay will also stop at the El Cerrito Del Norte station, but the buses heading to SFO will not stop there.

BART does not specify what time buses will stop at each station en route to the East Bay, but the bus bound for SFO will leave the North Martinez/Concord station at 12:20 a.m. and adhere to the following schedule.

Inbound to SFO

Departs North Martinez/Concord at 12:20 a.m.

-19th St. Oakland at 12:47 a.m.

-Salesforce Transit Center at 1:03 a.m.

-Mission/Silver at 1:18 a.m.

-Balboa Park at 1:26 a.m.

-Arrive at SFO Courtyard G (International Terminal) at 1:45 a.m.

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