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Early Saturday BART

…on Saturday.

Once a year I have to work on a Saturday. That Saturday was this past weekend. Usually I drive from the Central Valley to the Bay Area, but this year I decided, “Why treat it differently from any other work day?” I took the Capitol Corridor and BART, same as usual.

Far end of BART

Slight hitch though; both the Capitol Corridor and BART were not operating the same as usual. There’s this thing known as the “weekend and holiday schedule” where BART trains are 15 to 20 minutes apart (vs. 6 to 10 minutes) and Capitol Corridor trains are 90 minutes to 2 hours apart (vs. 45 minutes).


I missed my morning train (forgot my ticket) and spent a leisurely hour-and-a-half preparing for the next train. I missed my afternoon BART train by two seconds. The next BART train was 15 minutes later, which caused me to miss my connection with the Capitol Corridor by 45 seconds. Oh joy, another hour-and-a-half wasted.

Tables 5, 6, and 7

Next year, when I have to work on Saturday—I’m driving.

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