Enhanced Late Night Bus Service Pilot
HOW TO RIDE THE ALL NIGHTER
AC Transit operates six All Nighter lines:
|800 td >||All Nighter. Richmond BART to Market St. & Van Ness Ave., S.F. (Weekends: 24th St. BART), via San Pablo Ave., University Ave., Telegraph Ave. and downtown Oakland. Returns via Market St., the Transbay Temp. Terminal, and West Oakland BART.||Map
|801 td >||All Nighter. Downtown Oakland to Fremont BART via International Blvd., E. 14th St., Mission Blvd., Union City BART, Decoto Rd., and Fremont Blvd.||Map
|802 td >||All Nighter. Berkeley Amtrak to downtown Oakland via San Pablo Ave.||Map
|805 td >||All Nighter. Downtown Oakland to Oakland Airport via Grand Ave., MacArthur Blvd., and Coliseum BART.||Map
|840 td >||All Nighter. Downtown Oakland to Eastmont Transit Center via Foothill Blvd.||Map
|851 td >||All Nighter. Downtown Berkeley to Fruitvale BART via UC Campus South, College Ave., Broadway, downtown Oakland, Webster St., Santa Clara Ave., Broadway, and Fruitvale Ave.||Map
- Maps and schedules for all AC Transit lines
- Information on all regional All Nighter bus lines (including the regional All Nighter network map)
- Real-time bus arrival information from Nextbus
- List of all bus stops by line
THE LATE NIGHT BUS PILOT PROJECT HAS LAUNCHED!
BART and AC Transit have partnered to implement a one-year pilot project designed to enhance AC Transit’s late night bus service. On Friday and Saturday nights, service frequency on lines 800 (San Francisco to Richmond BART) and 801 (downtown Oakland to Fremont BART) will be increased. (A new line, Line 822 between San Francisco to points along BART’s Pittsburg/Bay Point line, was tested but discontinued due to low ridership.) Line 800 starts at 24th Street/Mission Street on these nights.
Highlights of the Late Night Bus Pilot Project include:
- New San Francisco stops at 16th/Mission and 24th/Mission
- More frequent service between San Francisco and Richmond
- More frequent service to Downtown Oakland nightspots
- More frequent service between Downtown Oakland and Fremont
AC Transit fares and payment methods apply—use cash or Clipper card (with cash or an AC Transit pass). (BART high-value discount Clipper cash does not work on AC Transit.)
Why doesn’t BART run 24 hours?
BART is frequently asked why the trains don’t run all night, or at least late enough to get people from late night activities in San Francisco back home to points around the Bay Area. The reason is that BART must use the very short window without service each night to conduct critical and essential track maintenance. Unlike some public transit systems with multiple sets of tracks on the same routes, BART does not have the duplication that allows trains to run on one set of tracks while performing maintenance on another. Third-rail power has to be completely shut down for maintenance crews to operate safely and do the work that keeps the system safe and reliable, and when the power is down, the trains cannot run.
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What is All Nighter service?
The All Nighter service provides regional bus service from approximately 1 a.m. until 5 a.m. in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. Serving most BART and Caltrain stations, it is operated by four transit agencies—AC Transit, Muni, SamTrans and VTA—that have coordinated their late-night schedules to create convenient, timed transfers between routes.
When do the All Nighter buses run?
The All Nighter buses run seven days a week, roughly during the hours when BART is not running. AC Transit trips sometimes overlap the latest and earliest BART train runs. For complete All Nighter bus schedules, please visit AC Transit Maps & Schedules or, for other regional All Nighter buses, 511’s All Nighter bus service page.
Where in San Francisco can I catch the All Nighter Transbay buses?
You can catch Line 800 (to Richmond) at Muni stops starting on 24th Street just east of Mission Street (on the north side of the street). The stops are listed below, and you can also see them on the Line 800 map and also on a Google Map.
Line 800 stops in San Francisco (eastbound only):
- 24th Street east of Mission Street (weekends only)
- Mission Street north of 16th Street (weekends only)
- Market Street west of Gough Street (transit island)
- Market Street east of South Van Ness Avenue
- Market Street west of 7th Street
- Market Street between 4th and 5th streets
- Market Street east of 3rd Street
- Market Street west of 1st Street
- Beale Street south of Howard Street (Temporary Transbay Terminal)
Where in the East Bay can I catch the All Nighter buses?
How much does the All Nighter bus cost?
Regular fares apply for each transit agency. For AC Transit All Nighter buses, Transbay trips are $4.20 and local trips are $2.10. For additional information, please visit our Fares and Clipper page.
Can I use my Muni FastPass or my BART ticket on the AC Transit bus?
How do I pay the bus fare?
Please pay your fare when you board the bus, with either your Clipper card or cash.
BART is frequently asked to extend service hours into the night, particularly on weekends; but running trains all night is infeasible because BART uses nighttime hours to conduct maintenance on the tracks. Weekend nights are particularly important because they provide longer maintenance windows.
In 2011, the BART Board directed staff to study shifting service hours on weekends so trains would stop running later at night and start up again later in the morning. BART staff conducted a survey and concluded that such a shift would negatively impact low-income and minority populations who take BART to work early in the morning.
BART staff then developed a proposal for the Late Night Bus Pilot and worked with AC Transit to implement the project. The enhanced service first started in the pilot project and is now in its second year.
These details below refer to the current enhanced service.
Existing AC Transit Line 800 (San Francisco to Richmond BART):
- On late Friday and Saturday nights, frequency is 20 minutes.
- All Line 800 trips on these nights will begin at 24th Street/Mission instead of Market Street/Van Ness Avenue.
Existing AC Transit Line 801 (downtown Oakland to Fremont BART):
- On late Friday and Saturday nights, frequency to Bay Fair BART is 20 minutes.
For route maps and complete schedules, please visit AC Transit’s Maps & Schedules page.
COSTS AND FUNDING
The cost of the service enhancements is approximately $500,000/year. The source of funding is BART’s operating budget.