Q Again this year, BART is closing down a portion of the tracks that connect to the Fruitvale station on Mother’s Day and supplying shuttle buses instead. This causes long delays for people heading out to meet loved ones.
Our daughter has seen people juggling balloons, flowers and gifts while bouncing between the trains and buses, and waiting for additional shuttles to show up since a bus won’t always hold an entire train’s worth of people, causing delays of 20 to 40-plus minutes.
What BART doesn’t seem to realize is that Mother’s Day brunches or other family traditions are difficult to plan when you’re not sure when the attendees will arrive. I understand that they need to shut down from time to time for repairs, but since they have these shutdowns on alternating spring weekends could they schedule them on ones that don’t inconvenience people trying to visit their mothers?
A Yes, the track shutdown on the weekend of May 13-14 will mean extra travel time between Fruitvale and Lake Merritt and be an inconvenience on Mother’s Day, but the weekends selected for this work were identified as having the least impact on the majority of BART’s riders.
BART is renovating a section where trains can move from one set of tracks to another through the movement of rail switches. During the shutdowns, there will be free shuttle buses to get riders to their destinations and extra staff on hand to assist people.
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