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BART to run longer trains this week to SFO, but commuters face tight parking conditions

Busiest shopping day of year next Friday expected to be BART's busiest day, too

Travelers using San Francisco International Airport for Thanksgiving week travel will be able to use longer BART trains and more long-term parking spaces for the busiest travel days of the year.

BART officials have announced that the system will operate longer trains next Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving which is its annual peak travel day, to SFO. On Thanksgiving Day, BART will follow a Sunday schedule, with service beginning at approximately 8 a.m. To carry those same passengers home again, BART will also run longer trains next Sunday, Nov. 28.

Service at Oakland International Airport via AirBART, a service jointly operated by BART and the airport, will also get a boost through the holiday period, with extra shuttles starting Monday through Dec. 1.

Full-length trains will operate from 6 a.m. until close of service next Friday, the traditionally busiest shopping day of the year, also known as retailers as Black Friday.

BART will make 500 additional parking spaces available for airport/long-term parking reservations for those intending to park long-term at BART stations while traveling this week. Drivers without long-term parking permits will be only be able to park for 24 hours in all BART lots. Reserved spaces cost $5 to $6 per day, depending on the location. Drivers face a fine of $100 if they go over the time limit.

BART officials also recommend that drivers park before 10 a.m. to snag a guaranteed space. Although travelers can park in any space after 10 a.m., BART cannot guarantee a spot will be available.

To find more information and make reservations, drivers can log onto www.bart.gov/parking.

Patricia Decker, Bay City News

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