Extra Service For Dragon Boat Racers, LoveFesters, Blues and Cal Fans
BART runs longer trains Saturday, October 4 to accommodate Cal football fans and the throngs of revelers flocking to events around the Bay Area. From the athletic rigors of dragon boat racing to the ethereal experience of the SF LoveFest, San Francisco will be the site of a plethora of ticketed and free events, including the three-day "Hardly Strictly Bluegrass" concert in Golden Gate Park, the two-day 2008 Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival at Treasure Island and Japantown’s Aki Matsuri (Fall Festival). For Sunday, October 5, BART’s 2008 weekend schedule offers 33% more service, so BART’s regular Sunday service is robust enough to handle celebrants traveling to the numerous events, including the Castro Street Fair.
Getting There on BART
The SF LoveFest event on October 4 is steps away from the Civic Center Station. Getting to the SF Dragon Festival is also easy from BART. Simply get off at the Powell Street Station, walk to Ellis and Stockton Streets and hop on the free shuttle to Treasure Island. To get to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the 9th Annual Oktoberfest By the Bay at Fort Mason, the Castro Street Fair or Japantown’s Fall Festival, take Muni from any of the downtown San Francisco BART stations.
Cal fans can sit back and relax by taking BART to the Downtown Berkeley Station and board the free Bear Express Shuttle that brings you to the North Entrance of Memorial Stadium. Bear Express Shuttles begin two hours before kickoff and run every seven to 10 minutes. In addition, a Bear Express Shuttle (fee) is now running from Rockridge BART as well to alleviate congestion at the Downtown Berkeley Station. Although BART will have trains on stand-by after the Saturday’s Cal game, BART officials encourage Golden Bears fans to avoid the post-game crush at the Downtown Berkeley Station by enjoying local eateries or visiting Berkeley shops until the crowds thin down.