San Francisco International Airport (BART station)

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San Francisco
International Airport
SFO BART platform.jpg
A view of the station's boarding platforms. Because BART traffic to and from SFO has not been as high as originally anticipated, the station's center track is rarely used.
Location International Terminal, Level Three
Garage C, BART AirTrain Station
San Francisco International Airport, CA 94128
Coordinates 37°36′59″N 122°23′28″W / 37.61636°N 122.391027°W / 37.61636; -122.391027Coordinates: 37°36′59″N 122°23′28″W / 37.61636°N 122.391027°W / 37.61636; -122.391027
Line(s) BART
Platforms 2 Island platforms
Parking None provided by BART, but by the Airport
Disabled access Yes
Opened June 22, 2003
Passengers (FY 2013) 8,589 exits/day[1]Increase 7.02%
Preceding station   Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit   Following station
Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae
Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae
Weeknights & weekends
  Former services  
Dublin/Pleasanton–Daly City
2003-2004; 2005-2008
toward Richmond
Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae

San Francisco International Airport station is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station on the Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae line located inside the San Francisco International Airport, also known as SFO or SFIA.

The station is located on level 3 of the International Terminal, next to Parking Garage G. There are two entrances and exits – one on level 3, adjacent to the grand foyer off the north side of the International Terminal; and the other is a level up at the Garage G/BART AirTrain station.

Station layout[edit]

Upper level Exit/Entrance to Garage G/BART AirTrain station
Main level One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent, International Terminal entrance/exit
Platform 1      Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae toward Millbrae weeknights and weekends (Terminus)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platforms 2, 4 No regular service
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 3      Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae toward Pittsburg / Bay Point (San Bruno)
Station tracks with the International Terminal visible through the windows

The station is a terminus station. Trains enter from an elevated wye from the west side of Highway 101. There are three tracks and corresponding bay platforms. BART traffic to and from SFO has not been as high as originally anticipated, so only two of the three tracks are currently used in regular service, with the third sometimes being used for storage.

Service history[edit]

On January 1, 2008 BART eliminated direct service between the SFO station and Millbrae (except for a few trips scheduled during the first and last hour of service each day). Passengers traveling between SFO and Millbrae had to make a timed transfer at San Bruno.[2] As of September 2012, direct service between the SFO station and Millbrae is active after 8pm on weekdays, and all day on weekends and holidays. Passengers traveling between SFO and Millbrae still need to make a timed transfer at San Bruno during all other operating hours.[3]

There used to be a purple line for a shuttle service connecting SFO directly to Millbrae from 2003 to 2004. The shuttle trains usually had 5 cars and ran every 20 minutes.

Service at this station began on June 22, 2003.[4]


Avg. Weekday Ridership
FY* Ridership
2003 3,399
2004 3,084 −9.3%
2005 3,505 +13.7%
2006 3,773 +7.7%
2007 3,981 +5.5%
2008 4,859 +22.1%
2009 5,569 +14.6%
2010 5,068 −9.0%
2011 5,380 +6.2%
2012 5,996 +11.4%
2013 6,417 +7.0%
Source: [1]

When it first opened, ridership was 50% below the projected 6,500 passenger exits per day.[5] Ridership has remained well below initial projections,[6] but has nearly doubled between 2003 and 2013.

Ridership reached a record of 6,417 average weekday exits during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.[1] In 2013, BART celebrated ten years of service to SFO and 30 million trips delivered.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "BART Fiscal Year Weekday Average Exits". Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Retrieved 13 Nov 2013. 
  2. ^ January 1, 2008 BART report,
  3. ^ BART Fares and Schedules
  4. ^ BART History,
  5. ^ Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross (July 9, 2003). "BART line to SFO -- expectations way up, ridership way down". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ Jonathan Ian Mason (2008). Global Visions and Urban Infrastructure: Analyzing the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Extension to San Francisco Airport (SFO). ProQuest. pp. 278–282. ISBN 978-0-549-83255-3. 
  7. ^ "30 million trips and counting: BART celebrates 10th anniversary of SFO extension". June 21, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to San Francisco International Airport BART station at Wikimedia Commons