In response to the Bay Bridge closure, BART ran longer trains tonight and was calling in extra train operators to run more trains Wednesday morning to cope with an expected surge on rides on the train system.

"We are anticipating that we will have a lot more passengers," said BART spokesman Linton Johnson. "We will leave our trains long tonight and bring in additional operators (in the morning), using every available piece of equipment out there.

BART urged the public to try shift their train travel to avoid the peak use hour of 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday because of the expected crowding. BART will run extra trains Wednesday morning, but those extra trains won't be rolling until late in the morning commute, officials said.

Commuters who need more information about BART may call 510-874-7464.

Elsewhere, the Golden Gate Ferry system reported it was making plans to run another ferry from Larkspur to San Francisco after 7 a.m. Wednesday.

While the bridge is closed, Capitol Corridor will suspend motor coach service between its San Francisco and Emeryville stations. Passengers traveling to San Francisco will transfer at the Richmond Amtrak/BART station to a San Francisco-bound BART train. Those traveling out of San Francisco may take a BART train to the Richmond Amtrak/BART station and board a Capitol Corridor train there.

Motorists can get real-time travel information at www.511.org or by calling 511.



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