San Francisco International Airport (BART station)
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
|Platforms||2 island platforms|
|Parking||None provided by BART, but by the Airport|
|Opened||June 22, 2003|
|Passengers (FY 2014)||6,646 exits/day 3.57%|
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.
|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)|
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 at this station began on June 22, 2003. Originally, there was a purple line for a shuttle service connecting SFO directly to Millbrae from 2003 to 2008. The shuttle trains usually had 5 cars and ran every 20 minutes. 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).
Today, passengers traveling between SFO and Millbrae have to make a timed transfer at San Bruno station. 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.
|Avg. Weekday Ridership|
When it first opened, ridership was 50% below the projected 6,500 passenger exits per day. During its first decade of service, ridership remained well below initial projections, but has nearly doubled between 2003 and 2014.
- "BART Fiscal Year Weekday Average Exits". Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Retrieved 27 June 2015.
- BART History, BART.gov
- "30 million trips and counting: BART celebrates 10th anniversary of SFO extension". BART.gov. June 21, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
- January 1, 2008 BART report, BART.gov
- BART Fares and Schedules
- Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross (July 9, 2003). "BART line to SFO -- expectations way up, ridership way down". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
- 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.
Media related to San Francisco International Airport BART station at Wikimedia Commons
- SFO website public transit info
- BART - San Francisco Int'l Airport Station Overview
- SFO Airport to San Francisco BART Guide