BART's late night weekend service carried 9,200 passengers

BART's late night weekend service carried 9,200 passengers

Ridership slightly lower than expected

A total of about 9,200 passengers took advantage of BART's overnight service this past weekend, which was just slightly lower than the 10,000 passengers Caltrans had predicted.

At Caltrans' request, BART ran around the clock service this past weekend so people could get back and forth between San Francisco and the East Bay while Caltrans completely shut down the eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge to perform earthquake retrofit work.

BART service usually ends at midnight and resumes at 6 a.m. on Saturdays and at 8 a.m. on Sundays so employees can perform critical maintenance work designed to help ensure BART can maintain its stringent 94% passenger on-time record.

As a result, approximately 2,900 riders took advantage of BART service between 1 a.m. ? 6 a.m. on Saturday, October 15 and approximately 6,300 riders jumped on board between 1 a.m. ? 8 a.m. on Sunday, October 16. Trains ran once per hour on three of BART's five lines and only stopped at 21 of the 43 stations.

BART estimated the total cost of running both the Saturday and Sunday overnight service at $200,000. The fares from the 9,200 passengers generated approximately $25,300 in revenue. Caltrans has agreed to pay BART the difference.