Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line

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     Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line
Type Rapid transit
System Bay Area Rapid Transit
Locale East Bay
San Francisco Peninsula
Counties: Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco, and San Mateo
Cities: Richmond, El Cerrito, Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Daly City, Colma, South San Francisco, San Bruno, and Millbrae
Termini Richmond Station
Millbrae Station (weekdays)
Daly City Station (Saturdays)
Stations 23
Opening April 19, 1976 (limited service)[1]
July 7, 1980 (all-day service)[1]
Operator(s) San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Line length 36.5 miles (58.7 km)
Track gauge 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm)
(Indian gauge)
Electrification Third rail, 1000 V DC
Operating speed 31.7 mph (51.0 km/h)
Highest elevation at grade, elevated, underground, underwater (Transbay Tube)
Route map

The Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) line in the San Francisco Bay Area that runs from Richmond station to Millbrae station. It has 23 metro stations in Richmond, El Cerrito, Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Daly City, Colma, South San Francisco, San Bruno, and Millbrae. It shares all of its tracks with other BART lines.

BART colors this line red on maps but does not refer to it by color. It is commonly called the Richmond–Millbrae line, or alternatively the Richmond line.

This line runs until 8pm on weekdays and until 7pm on Saturdays. At other times, Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae passengers can transfer between the Richmond–Fremont line and the Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae line at MacArthur station for Daly City/Millbrae-bound trips and 19th Street Oakland station for Richmond-bound trips. The line terminates at Daly City station instead of Millbrae station on Saturdays, so the same transfers apply for Richmond–Millbrae passengers on Saturdays.

The Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line was the fourth of BART's five lines to open. A few trains a day began running between Richmond and Daly City in April 1976,[1] and all-day service began on July 7, 1980 after BART reduced its mandated train headway through the Transbay Tube.[1]

SFO/Millbrae extension service[edit]

When the SFO/Millbrae extension opened on June 22, 2003, the Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line continued to terminate at Daly City. BART extended this line to SFO and Millbrae during weekday peak hours on February 9, 2004. San Mateo County is not a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, so SamTrans funded the county's BART service. When the extension's lower-than-expected ridership caused SamTrans to accrue deficits, BART agreed to SamTrans' request to operate only the Dublin/Pleasanton line south of Daly City effective September 12, 2005.

SamTrans and BART reached an agreement in February 2007 in which SamTrans would transfer control and financial responsibility of the SFO/Millbrae extension to BART. In return, BART would receive additional fixed funding from SamTrans and other sources.[2] BART has since again increased service south of Daly City, and this line now terminates at Millbrae on weekdays and Daly City on Saturdays.

Richmond–Millbrae line's south-of-Daly City service
Date of change Service south of Daly City
June 22, 2003 none[3]
February 9, 2004 Daly City–SFO/Millbrae (weekday peak hours)[4]
SFO station serviced on Millbrae-to-Richmond runs only
September 13, 2004 Daly City–SFO/Millbrae (weekday peak hours)[1]
September 12, 2005 none[5]
January 1, 2008 Daly City–Millbrae (weekdays)[6]


Station Opened Other BART
Richmond 1973     
El Cerrito del Norte 1973     
El Cerrito Plaza 1973     
North Berkeley 1973     
Downtown Berkeley 1973     
Ashby 1973     
MacArthur 1972          
19th Street Oakland 1972          
12th Street Oakland City Center 1972          
West Oakland 1974               
Embarcadero 1976               
Montgomery Street 1973               
Powell Street 1973               
Civic Center / UN Plaza 1973               
16th Street Mission 1973               
24th Street Mission 1973               
Glen Park 1973               
Balboa Park 1973               
Daly City 1973               
Colma[a] 1996     
South San Francisco[a] 2003     
San Bruno[a] 2003     
Millbrae[a] 2003     

a The Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line services the Colma, South San Francisco, San Bruno, and Millbrae stations on weekdays only. The line terminates at Daly City station on Saturdays.