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BART Offering Free Rides This Weekend as Caltrain Pauses Some Service  

Written by Joel UmanzorUpdated at Aug. 11, 2023 • 6:04pmPublished Aug. 10, 2023 • 7:19pm
Caltrain announced it is suspending service this weekend from Millbrae to San Francisco. | Source: Joel Umanzor/The Standard

BART is giving a lift to Peninsula residents who were planning on getting to Outside Lands by Caltrain this weekend.

Caltrain is shutting down service between Millbrae and San Francisco on Saturday and Sunday to work on its electrification project, according to an agency press release.

BART will give out free roundtrip BART tickets to Caltrain riders at the Millbrae Station on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or while supplies last. BART offers service from Millbrae to Civic Center with connections to Golden Gate Park by Muni.

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Additionally, Caltrain has announced the suspension of services for the weekends of Aug. 19 to 20 and Aug. 26 to 27. In total, the agency expects service interruptions on a total of 30 weekends in 2023 due to the electrification. 

“Caltrain encourages riders to seek alternative transit options,” the press release stated. “Bus bridge service will be available to Caltrain-dependent riders, but passengers should expect delays and longer travel times.”

According to Caltrain, construction crews for the electrification project have installed 66 poles this year, along with over 557,831 feet of wire and 1,068 cantilevers and drop tubes.

For Peninsula festival-goers who still wish to take public transit, BART offers service from Millbrae to Civic Center with connections to Golden Gate Park by Muni.

Attempts to reach Outside Lands organizers for comment on the reduced Caltrain services were not immediately returned by publication time.

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