BART is arguably one of the biggest perks of living in the Bay Area. The Bay Area’s Public Transportation system allows easy access from SoMi to all neighboring cities in less than an hour. BART’s program BARTable works to give back to the community and make public transit more fun by sharing news, creating partnerships, and giving discounts on some of the Bay Area’s best experiences.
From commuting to work to enjoying a night on the town in San Francisco, SoMi’s convenient location makes it easy to hop on the BART and get where you need to go. Join us as we explore what makes SoMi So BARTable.
The BARTable Program
“BARTable is a way for people to discover fun destinations, venues, events that are all just a BART ride away.” – BART Marketing Manager Dave Martindale. Dave explains they partner with hundreds of local sports and concert venues, as well as destinations and museums, all within a half-mile or six-block radius of a BART station.
The program started in 2015 and has since gained traction and the adoration of the local area. The BARTable Newsletter, released on Thursday afternoons, is designed to help make planning your weekend a breeze and includes a list of local BARTable events, information from partners, and exclusive discounts.
Best BARTable locations
The Airport: This might seem like an obvious one, but anyone who travels a lot knows it’s a significant convenience to not have to call a friend, find an Uber, or hunt down and pay for airport parking in the midst of trying to get to your flight on time. The train goes directly to San Francisco and Oakland Airports. BART’s Trip Planner will help you navigate travel times and help you make your trip as seamless as possible.
Car Free Living
With the increase in traffic and the sky-high gas prices we’ve been experiencing lately, it’s easy to see why living car-free has become such a popular trend here in the bay.
With conveniently placed bike racks in the garages and the South Hayward BART Station less than half a mile away, SoMi makes car-free commuting a breeze.
No bike? No Problem. BART’s Trip Planner now helps you extend those car-free commutes even further by adding shared e-scooters to its multi-modal trip planner. The trip planner allows users to find Spin scooters in San Francisco, LINK by Superpedestrian scooters in Oakland, and HOPR scooters in Fremont.
To increase safety and help with congestion, many major cities started implementing car-free policies on their busiest streets. With Market Street & JFK Blvd going car and the implementation of slow streets, San Francisco is at the forefront of the movement toward “car-free streets”. The concept of the slow street movement in San Francisco is to limit traffic on residential streets and instead create a shared space for foot traffic and cyclists.
The rapid rise in sharable e-scooters and bikes makes taking advantage of public transportation systems more accessible. This, in turn, means a more considerable opportunity to reduce our environmental footprint. BART reports that more people commute from East Bay to San Francisco via BART than the Bay Bridge during the busiest periods. Reports also show that “BART’s daily riders save nearly 130,000 gallons of gas and directly reduce CO2e emissions by 2.6 million pounds per weekday”.
BART’s website explains that their trains are 100% electric, and over 97% of the power comes from sources including solar and hydro energy. The public transport powerhouse reveals plans to make its train cars even greener in the near future by implementing lighter-weight, recyclable materials and using more energy-efficient lighting.
BART + Bike
Important things to know when BARTing and Biking include not trying to board the first car with your bike in tow. The first car of BART is not bike-friendly; instead, look for the green bicycle symbols on the train doors and then follow signage to the bike boarding area. You’ll also want to get familiar with elevator locations at your local station; bikes are not allowed on the escalators for safety reasons. Bring your lock. There are lockers and places to lock up your bike when you reach your destination.
Along with its significant environmental impact and ease on commuters, we find one of the biggest advantages of BART to be no longer having to find (or pay for) parking on busy Bay Area streets.