BART is ramping up its plans for overnight service during the five days and six nights when the Bay Bridge will be closed starting Wednesday, August 28.
KTVU has learned that 14 BART stations are to operate 24-hours a day.
The Bay Bridge is to be closed for five days, with the new eastern span scheduled to open to traffic on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 3.
14 BART stations will be offering overnight service during the closure, with trains passing through once an hour.
The stations that will be open during the Bay Bridge shutdown are El Cerrito del Norte, Downtown Berkeley, Concord, Walnut Creek, Bay Fair, 12th Street/Oakland City Center, MacArthur, Coliseum/Oakland Airport, Dublin/Pleasanton, Daly City, 24th St. Mission, Powell, Embarcadero, San Francisco Airport.
The only exception to the 24-hour service will be between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Tuesday when all trains must stop for required inspections and maintenance.
"It creates sort of an X-pattern through the bay so people can get where they need to go," said BART spokesman Jim Allison. "It's mainly people who are heading to work who we're trying to accomodate through this, it's a lifeline service."
The service is also designed to help travelers with early morning flights out of San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport. BART will also run longer trains with up to ten cars during the day and for weekend events including several Oakland A's games.
Many people already have plans to stay home or find another way to avoid the traffic nightmare.
"I'm going up to Oregon to visit family for the long weekend," said Janet Redmond of Walnut Creek. "I'm making it an extra long weekend to avoid the Bay Bridge closure."
"Hopefully I don't have to work, but if I do, I'll have to be on the road with everybody else," said Timeka Lowe of Pittsburg.
Ferries are also expected to offer extra service as well to help with the crunch.
While the bridge is shut down from Wednesday night until 5 a.m. Tuesday, officials say commuters should expect extra traffic on the freeways, especially the San Mateo Bridge and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
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