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Coronavirus: Your guide to parking, bridges, buses and trains


The Bay Area’s roads, bridges and public transportation systems are all open during the shelter in place orders that have millions of us working and studying from home.

Under the order, though, you’re only allowed to travel for “essential” reasons — so you can still take BART to your essential job, but no recreational ferry rides to take in the fresh air and view.

If you are still getting around the Bay Area, you’ve probably noticed a number of changes to roads, trains, buses and ferries as officials try to limit the spread of coronavirus and adjust to massive drops in ridership.

Below you’ll find a round-up of changes affecting drivers and riders on some of the region’s most popular public transportation systems. If you don’t see your local transit agency, check out this list of service updates from 511.org.

Officials are encouraging riders to use the Transit app for up-to-date schedules and trip planning.

This page will be updated as service changes.

Traffic

The Bay Area’s fearsome traffic jams have practically disappeared since the shelter in place order went into effect. The region has seen the largest drop in car traffic of any major urban area in the country.

Express lanes on sections of Interstates 580 and 680, as well as Highway 237, are open to all drivers and will not be charging tolls.

Bridges

All of the Bay Area’s bridges are going cash-free — but not toll-free — during the public health crisis in a bid to limit the potential spread of coronavirus between drivers and toll takers.

If you have FasTrak nothing will change, you’ll just go through the toll plaza like normal and be charged the regular amount.

If you normally pay with cash, you should instead drive through the toll without stopping — the Bay Area Toll Authority will mail you a bill for each crossing. That bill might come in a scary-looking “Toll Violation Notice” envelope, but you’ll only be charged for the toll, with no added penalty.

Parking

Many Bay Area cities are easing up on parking enforcement — though the rules tend to vary from place to place, so you’ll want to look up any changes that are specific to where you live.

San Jose has said it will not write parking tickets during the shelter in place order, nor will the city tow abandoned or illegally parked vehicles. The Bay Area’s largest city has also suspended deadlines for contesting parking tickets.

Oakland has similarly stopped enforcing parking meters, time-limited spots and street sweeping rules.

San Francisco is no longer ticketing people for parking offenses related to street sweeping, peak-hour zones, residential parking permits or leaving vehicles parked for more than 72 hours.

BART

Click here for BART’s coronavirus information page

BART has shortened its service hours and reduced frequency on one line.

On weekdays, the last BART trains are now stopping at 9 p.m., rather than midnight. You’ll need to be on your train or platform by 8:45 p.m. to guarantee a ride to your destination, BART officials say.

Trains are running from 8 a.m. …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Health

      

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