BART adds longer trains, a bit of Giants cheers for rides to China Basin again today

Fans urged to use public transit, buy round-trip tickets to get to first two games

As tens of thousands of baseball fans surge into San Francisco's China Basin to watch Game 2 of the World Series, BART is stepping up its game by running longer trains and allowing employees to sport a bit of black and orange.

BART is urging fans and commuters alike to opt for public transportation again today to avoid clogged bridges and highways and high parking fees.

Longer trains will run on all lines before and after the game, which is scheduled to begin at 4:57 p.m. Special event trains will also be kept on standby in the event that additional capacity is needed, according to BART.

To avoid waiting in lines at ticket machines after the game, BART recommends buying roundtrip tickets or eschewing tickets altogether by switching to the all-in-one Clipper transit card.

It's not just the trains that will be different in BART stations today. In contrast to its usual uniform policy, BART is allowing employees to don Giants baseball caps.

Station agents at downtown San Francisco stops will also be getting into the spirit of the game by pasting up Giants-themed decorations.

If seeing is believing, fans can also expect to see and hear a variety of "Go Giants" slogans mixed into signage and platform announcements.

BART said in a statement that the game changers are meant to make riding public transportation "a little more fun for all (those) riding trains, not only those lucky enough to be going to the games."

Patricia Decker, Bay City News

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Posted by Velio
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2010 at 11:25 am

Go Giants, this is such great timing, I will not watch political ads for a few hours, whew what a relief.

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Posted by Maria
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I understand the excitement, but I do wish they would intersperse their sports announcements with actual, relevant information-- such as the arrival time of the next trains! I watched the same three "go Giants"-related messages scroll across the screen at least FOUR TIMES before I was informed that the Dublin/ Pleasanton train would be arriving in 5 minutes.

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Posted by maria's friend
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Oct 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

Maria please forward your comment to BART- maybe they will get a clue !

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