Bridge Collapse Raises Commute Concerns
April 30, 2007 6:51 PM
The Sunday morning tanker-truck accident that caused a section of freeway to collapse in Oakland will make commuting difficult for SF State students and employees commuting between San Francisco and East Bay for weeks to come.
As a result of the damage to the section of the MacArthur Maze interchange, where Interstates 80, 580, 880, 980, and Highway 24 converge, CalTrans and other transportation officials are providing alternatives for those whose travel is affected by the incident.
In addition, SF State offers some additional services for those commuting to and from campus from the East Bay.
Check back with [X]Press Online for any updates regarding public transportation between San Francisco and Oakland.
NO FREE TRANSIT
Over 30 Bay Area transit agencies offered free transportation to commuters Monday in an effort to reduce the number of traffic problems as a result of the collapsed overpass. However, it was only a one-day occurance, and travellers once again have to pay to ride Bay Area public transportation.
BART will continue to run increased train service between San Francisco and the East Bay through Wednesday. Longer cars will be in use during regular travel hours from 4 a.m. to midnight. Additionally, six more trains will run between the Pleasant Hill and Montgomery Street stations during the peak hours of the morning, along with three more afternoon trains between the Pleasant Hill and Montgomery stations and an additional afternoon train from Daly City to Richmond.
The BART website advises travellers to arrive at stations earlier, or to postpone travel until after the rush hour commute. BART customers are also encouraged to take the bus to and from the station, as parking is expected to be limited due to the increased ridership.
SF STATE SHUTTLE
To handle the increased number of SF State students and employees using BART during the construction project, the university has added an extra shuttle running between SF State and the Daly City BART station.
CARPOOLING TO SF STATE
Those interested in carpooling to campus can find contact information for fellow SF State students and faculty in their area who would like to carpool through the Parking and Transportation department's Ride Match program. Application forms are avaliable in the Parking and Transportation office, located next to the University Police station on North State Drive, and on the Parking and Transportation website at http://www.sfsu.edu/~parking/text/ridematch.html
COMMUTING BY CAR:CalTrans approved alternate routes
ALTERNATE ROUTE: Westbound 80 to Southbound 880
--Take 80 West to 580 East.
--Transition from 580 East to 980 West.
--Take 980 West to rejoin 880 South.
ALTERNATE ROUTE 1: Eastbound 80 (Bay Bridge) to Eastbound 580
--Travel east on West Grand Avenue to Northgate Avenue. Make a left onto Northgate.
--Travel north onto Northgate to the 27th Street onramp to Highway 24 or East 580.
ALTERNATE ROUTE 2: Eastbound 80 (Bay Bridge) to Eastbound 580
--Loop around on Buchanan to take 80 West to 580 East.
ALTERNATE ROUTE 3: Eastbound 80 (Bay Bridge) to Eastbound 580
--Travel south on 880, transition to 238 South.
--Take 238 South to 580 East.
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