Changes to BART train schedules intended to improve service will begin on Monday, and will coincide with changes being made to Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) Wheels and Rapid bus routes.
BART transit district officials said that most changes involve "small tweaks," while others are more significant and that changes will involve all lines, particularly the first and last runs each day.
"Major improvements include the return of two-line service into San Francisco on Sunday, the addition of Fleet of the Future trains on Saturday, earlier weekday train service for many riders, increased peak service for Concord riders in the morning and evening, and later evening direct service from San Francisco into Warm Springs," BART said in a news release.
Weekday BART trains at the eastern Dublin-Pleasanton stations will be departing two minutes earlier than the current schedule. As a result, Wheels and Rapid buses that serve the Dublin-Pleasanton Station will be adjusted accordingly in order to ensure optimal transfer timing, LAVTA officials said.
Wheels and Rapid buses on Routes 501, 502 and 504 to Dublin High School and Route 602 to Foothill High School will also be adjusted with earlier morning departure times.
The 5 a.m. northbound train from South Hayward will be on the Warm Springs-Richmond line instead of the Warm Springs-Daly City line, meaning San Francisco-bound passengers will need to use trains on the Dublin-Pleasanton to Daly City or Antioch-SFO lines for the first San Francisco arrivals, arriving in San Francisco eight minutes later.
BART says its evening schedule is being adjusted to better accommodate single-tracking in the Transbay Tube.
On Saturdays more Fleet of the Future trains are being added, with two each on the Antioch-SFO, Dublin-Pleasanton, and Richmond-Millbrae lines, and four on the Warm Springs-Daly City line.
The first Saturday train westbound Dublin-Pleasanton to Daly City train will be at 5:58 a.m. at Bay Fair instead of 6 a.m. at the Coliseum.
Sundays will see the return of two-line service to San Francisco. Dublin-Pleasanton line trains will terminate at Montgomery or Daly City depending on the time of day and whether there is single tracking. Riders on that line will transfer to an Antioch-SFO train at Montgomery Street.
Headways on Sundays will be every 24 minutes on all lines, four minutes longer than the current schedule, which BART believes "will provide greater predictability and resilience in the event of a service delay."
The first northbound train on Sunday is Dublin-Pleasanton, which will leave the 24th Street-Mission station at 7:50 a.m., and Civic Center at 7:54 a.m., 10 minutes earlier than before.
BART says the updated schedule will be available on its online Trip Planner before the changes start.
New LAVTA timetables, marked "New Schedule February 10, 2020" are available on all Wheels and Rapid buses and are available on the LAVTA website at www.wheelsbus.com. Residents can learn more by calling the LAVTA Customer Service Center at 455-7500.