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Riding rail to the airport

By dcuff
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 at 3:51 pm in air travel, BART, Buses, parking, rail.

BART reminds holiday travelers to consider an increasingly popular option for getting to the airport: take the train and leave your car in long-term parking at a BART station lot.

BART is making 1,360 spaces available at its station parking lots for long-term parking during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks. That’s double the usual number.

Riders can sign up at to buy long-term parking permits for multi-day trips.  Without a permit, BART riders are limited to parking 24 hours in a station.

“It saves money, and it’s good for the environment,” said BART spokesman Linton Johnson.

The long-term parking is available at all East Bay stations with parking lots, excluding West Oakland, Coliseum/Oakland Airport, and Union City stations, for $5 per day.   The fee is $6 per to park at the Colma, San Bruno and Millbrae statons on the Peninsula.

BART guarantees permit holders a space in the permit parking areas of lots until 10 a.m. After 10 a.m, parking permit holders can park anywhere in a lot, but BART doesn’t guarantee them a space.

BART runs rail service  to the San Francisco International Airport, and offers AirBART shuttle buses from the Coliseum station to Oakland International Airport.

Johnson advises BART riders with luggage to take seats near the train car doors for easier loading and unloading.

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“Many of our regular riders tend to take time off during the holidays, so instead of having empty parking spaces at our stations, we’d rather give the gift of affordable parking to airport travelers and offer the hundreds of additional spaces to them,” said BART Board President Gail Murray of Walnut Creek. “Even if you include the round trip train fare to SFO from one of the participating BART stations, passengers will find that parking in a BART lot is much more affordable than at an off-airport lot. In fact, in some cases a passenger could save $36 over three days.”

 First-time customers can learn how to purchase a long-term parking permit by watching BARTtv News at






 the number of parking spaces available this year to those who sign up to pay for long-term parking at stations 


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3 Responses to “Riding rail to the airport”

  1. Mike Says:

    Just be careful if you are leaving on Sunday or the actual holiday. The first train doesn’t get to SFO on those days until 9:15 am.

  2. murphstahoe Says:

    My worry is people from Walnut Creek will decide the best tactic is to drive to San Bruno, park, and take BART one stop instead of BARTing in from Walnut Creek… :(

  3. david vartanoff Says:

    anything to pump up the ## at the airport.

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