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San Francisco

California, USA

Date of opening11 Sep 1972
Network length166.9 km (103.73 mi)
Lines5        Line history
Stations per line8.80
Avg. station distance4,279 m (2.66 mi)
Avg. line length33.38 km (20.75 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 27 Feb 2011
MUNI not included (8 underground stations)
System typeMetro, known as BART
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)304,000 (as of 2012)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)1,820 (1,130)
Fare collectionGates (BART), honour system (MUNI)
TrackRight, gauge: 1676 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 1000 V
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trainsWide sliding doors between cars since the 1970s
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: gif, © 2010

To-scale map

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Transit mapsSystem map imagesö - moving trains

Upcoming Openings

 2019 – LRT line T extension from 4th and King/Berry to Chinatown with 3 underground stations. 2.7 km, 4 stations.

Other Rail Transport in San Francisco

MUNI (light rail)

Relationships with Other Metros

US Boeing LRT family
Members: Boston, San Francisco (MUNI),
Characteristics: Same trains.
US Rohr Industries family
Members: San Francisco (BART), Washington,
Characteristics: Similar, spacious trains with carpets.

Reaching the Beaches

Pacific Ocean: Metro tram line N to Ocean Beach, metro tram line L to San Francisco Zoo.

Lines with a View

The elevated sections of the BART in the East Bay offer gorgeous views of the East Bay hills to the east (see picture: northbound train at Union City) and of downtown San Francisco to the west. You get a particularly good view of the city after you leave West Oakland station but before you go into the transbay tube -- it's quite impressive when it's foggy. Another BART sightseeing tidbit: if you are waiting on the platform of the elevated El Cerrito Del Norte station, you can get a good view of both the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Photo by Eric Haas,

Departure Procedure and Sounds

BART (newer trains) and MUNI: one-tone beep before the doors close. BART (older trains): "The doors are closing please stand clear of the doors". This announcement is made at scheduled departure time (20 seconds after the train is stopped or at scheduled departure time, whichever is later) and the doors may actually close quite a bit later without any warning. This is only on trains that are led by an A-cab train (those that have slanted cabs).


  San Francisco photo gallery.

Metro Movies

Films with scenes set on this metro:

1971: Dirty Harry
1971: THX-1138
2006: Colma: The Musical

Handpicked Resources Official website BART Official website MUNI
Mendoza, JoeBART. Bay Area Rail Transit Album Vol. 1., 2010.

Generic Links for San Francisco BART

Wikipedia entry at entry at
Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
City information at

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