downtown San Francisco.
Passengers are being given round trip tickets and will be able to begin boarding buses for the return trip at 3 p.m. on Howard Street between Folsom and Beale streets. Bus riders must arrive to this loading area by 7 p.m. to get a ride back to West Oakland, where they will transfer to one of four buses headed to the Fremont, El Cerrito Del Norte, Walnut Creek and Dublin/Pleasanton stations.
Gary Luk of Pleasanton spent two hours on a chartered BART bus getting into San Francisco before getting an emergency call from his wife to come home for a sick child. With return bus trips to the East Bay only leaving this afternoon, he was left scratching his head, trying to figure out how to get back. The back-up service has proven "totally inadequate for dealing with emergencies," he said.
Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said the trains arriving in San Francisco between 5 and 8 a.m. were not overly crowded.
"We had more passengers than normal but not extraordinary crowds," said Dunn, noting the agency added a couple northbound trains to its regular commuter service.
Still, Caltrains were packed with riders at 8 a.m. At the Millbrae BART-Caltrain station, Josephine Chen, 25, said she was running late for her internship in downtown San Francisco. She normally takes BART to the Powell Street station but would have to catch a bus downtown from the Caltrain terminal.
San Francisco Bay Ferry said it carried 7,835 riders this morning, up from 2,500 on a typical morning.
There was little patience for BART or its workers among some commuters catching the ferry to Oakland from San Francisco's waterfront.
"It sucks," said Richard Mumolo, 55, of Oakland, who was on his way home after working the night shift as a security guard. "I'm going to end up paying for their raise because apparently making more than twice what I do is not enough."
Ferries were packed full, with usual riders saying passengers were up by two thirds over a normal day. K.C. Frogge, 57, of Oakland, has been taking the ferry for more than a decade to her office manager job in San Francisco and said most days she sees about 120 people, but it was more than 300 on Monday.
"Most people were like zombies, like 'just give me a seat,'" she said. "It's crowded to the gills."
In Alameda, officials say they are offering additional parking spaces near the city's two ferry terminals to help commuters who wish to travel to San Francisco today. Deputy City Manager Alex Nguyen said a shuttle service and free valet bicycle parking is available at the Main Street terminal. Satellite parking and a shuttle service is also available at the city-owned Chuck Corica Golf Complex for commuters who are using the terminal on Bay Farm Island near the Oakland International Airport.
Alameda police say they will be relaxing parking enforcement near both ferry terminals. But police also say they will still ticket those responsible for flagrant violations, such as blocking driveways, sidewalks and fire hydrants.
Already a popular way of commuting for many San Francisco-bound workers in the East Bay, the number of commuters getting carpool rides from strangers surged on Monday.
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