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 24
Opened 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
Richmond – Daly City/Millbrae
to Bakersfield/Seattle/Chicago
Richmond Maintenance Yard
Richmond Amtrak Parking
Richmond Greenway enlarge…
El Cerrito del Norte Parking
El Cerrito Plaza Parking
Contra Costa County
Alameda County
North Berkeley Parking
Ohlone Greenway enlarge…
Downtown Berkeley
Ashby Parking
SR 24
 Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae 
MacArthur Parking
I-980 / SR 24
19th Street Oakland
12th Street Oakland City Center
 Richmond–Warm Springs/South Fremont 
Warm Springs/South Fremont–Daly City
Dublin/Pleasanton–Daly City
West Oakland Parking
Alameda County
San Francisco County
I-80 (
San Francisco–Oakland
Bay Bridge
Embarcadero BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg BSicon CCAR.svg San Francisco Ferry Building
Montgomery Street BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg
Union Square/
Market Street
Powell Street BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg BSicon CCAR.svg
Civic Center / UN Plaza BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg
16th Street Mission
24th Street Mission
Glen Park BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Parking
San Jose
& Bosworth
Balboa Park BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg transfer
San Jose and Geneva (MUNI)
San Francisco County
San Mateo County
Daly City Parking
Colma Parking
Colma Maintenance Yard
SR 82 (El Camino Real)
South San Francisco Parking
Centennial Way Trail
San Bruno Parking transfer
 Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae 
Millbrae Caltrain Parking
to San Jose / Gilroy

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 9pm 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.

Service history[edit]

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]

Citing increased ridership, BART extended weekday service on this line from 7pm to 8pm starting September 10, 2012.[2] BART further extended service until 9pm on weekdays, starting September 14, 2015.[3]

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.[4] BART has since again increased service south of Daly City, and this line now terminates at Millbrae on weekdays and Daly City on weekends.

Richmond–Millbrae line's south-of-Daly City service
Date of change Service south of Daly City
June 22, 2003 none[5]
February 9, 2004 Daly City–SFO/Millbrae (weekday peak hours)[6]
SFO station serviced on Millbrae-to-Richmond runs only
September 13, 2004 Daly City–SFO/Millbrae (weekday peak hours)[1]
September 12, 2005 none[7]
January 1, 2008 Daly City–Millbrae (weekdays)[8]


Station Jurisdiction County Opened Other BART
Richmond Richmond Contra Costa January 29, 1973     
El Cerrito del Norte El Cerrito
El Cerrito Plaza
North Berkeley Berkeley Alameda
Downtown Berkeley
MacArthur Oakland September 11, 1972          
19th Street Oakland
12th Street Oakland City Center
West Oakland September 16, 1974               
Embarcadero San Francisco May 27, 1976
Montgomery Street November 5, 1973
Powell Street
Civic Center / UN Plaza
16th Street Mission
24th Street Mission
Glen Park
Balboa Park
Daly City Daly City San Mateo
Colma[a] Colma February 24, 1996     
South San Francisco[a] South San Francisco June 22, 2003     
San Bruno[a] San Bruno     
Millbrae[a] Millbrae     

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.


  1. ^ a b c d e "BART Chronology January 1947 – March 2009" (pdf). Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). 2009. pp. 6, 9 and 69. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Richmond-Millbrae Line weekday service to be expanded starting Sept. 10". Bay Area Rapid Transit. September 7, 2012. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  3. ^ "BART schedule change aims to provide some crowding relief". Bay Area Rapid Transit. September 10, 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  4. ^ "BART-SFO Settlement Agreement and Release of Claims" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Commission. February 14, 2007. 
  5. ^ "BART to link to SFO June 22 / After many delays, latest date is firm, transit officials say". San Francisco Chronicle. April 18, 2003. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  6. ^ "BART changing schedule so more go to SFO / Peninsula ridership below expectations, needs a boost". San Francisco Chronicle. February 7, 2004. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  7. ^ "PENINSULA / BART to airport to be cut / Weekend trains to be kept on Peninsula". San Francisco Chronicle. August 11, 2005. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  8. ^ "BART to raise fares, increase train frequency starting Jan. 1". San Francisco Chronicle. December 9, 2007. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 

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