BART strike leaving travelers stuck at San Francisco area airports


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Updated: July 1, 2013

A BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) strike in San Francisco started early Monday, July 1. And passengers are going to have a heck of a time getting to or from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport.

To help out, the folks at SFO  outlined some alternate transportation options including:

Public transit & shared rides

Some options include the Caltrain commuter rail or SamTrans bus, to the airport. Shared-ride vans services are also available.

Free SFO buses

In there is a BART strike, SFO will operate free buses between the airport BART station and the Millbrae Caltrain center and between the airport and the South San Francisco (Oyster Point) ferryboat terminal.

Kiss & Fly; Cell Phone Lot

If you are getting picked up or dropped off at the airport by friends or family, consider using the Kiss-and-Fly option at the rental car facility. From there you can catch the AirTrain to the airport.  SFO also has a free cell-phone parking lot, which is located next to the Long Term Parking surface lot five minutes north of the terminals.

SFO has asked taxi, van and bus companies to prepare for increased demand. And although the airport’s cease-and-desist order to ridesharing companies such as Sidecar and Uber are still in effect, those companies are ready for increased demand as well.

Oakland International Airport normally operates an AirBART Shuttle Service to transport passengers between the airport and the Coliseum BART station, but that service is canceled due to strike, said OAK Airport spokesperson Kim Domerofski.  To help out, the airport has requested that additional ground transportation providers operate at OAK and on Monday the airport estimated that approximately 50% more taxis, shuttles and limos than usual were available to transport travelers.

More information about what’s happening with BART can be found at