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BART Extends Service For New Year’s Revelers

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A commuter looks on as a BART train pulls into a station in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Bay Area Rapid Transit will be offering extended service to and from San Francisco on Saturday night and into early Sunday morning for those celebrating New Year’s in the city.

BART service normally ends around midnight, but the transit agency will be running trains until 3 a.m. on Sunday morning. Trains will run at the normal intervals during the extended hours.

BART spokesman Jim Allison on special service:

There will also be special service to deal with the large crowds expected for the fireworks show in San Francisco. Beginning at 8 p.m., some trains will not stop at either the Embarcadero or Montgomery Street stations in San Francisco; instead, they will stop at one of the two stations. BART spokesman Jim Allison said the hope is that this will ease some of the congestion expected at the Embarcadero Station.

“If you’re coming into the city for the fireworks tonight from Pittsburg/Bay Point or the Richmond line, you’ll get off at Montgomery Street,” Allison said. “And if you’re coming in from Fremont or Dublin/Pleasanton, you’ll get off at Embarcadero. To get home, you can simply get on at the same station you got off. That distributes the crowd between the two stations.”

Riders traveling to and from the Peninsula will be allowed to make all stops in San Francisco; however after the fireworks show, riders are encouraged to board at the Montgomery Street Station.

BART officials are also advising passengers to buy roundtrip tickets when they first board their train to avoid the expected long lines at ticket machines on the way home.

The agency is also encouraging people to leave bikes and pets at home due to the expected crowded cars.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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