Today’s shelter in place emergency order from local counties considers Bay Area Rapid Transit as an essential business. BART will continue to provide regular service for riders performing essential activities and for riders traveling to and from “essential business” work, with long enough trains to allow for social distancing. Based on ridership levels last week and over the weekend, social distancing is happening on BART. Last week BART served 24%-61% fewer riders depending on the day of the week. There is enough space for riders to remain 6 feet from each other. Increased cleaning and disinfecting are continuing in stations and trains. BART ridership for Sunday, March 15, 2020 was 37,006 representing a 61% drop compared to an average Sunday in February 2020.
If you are sick, we ask you not to ride BART. If your travel isn’t essential, we ask that you follow the order and not ride BART. The trains must continue to run to ensure lifeline service to those workers who will keep the region functioning during these trying times.
—Bay Area Rapid Transit