BART ridership up over weekend with Bay Bridge closure
BART revises preliminary ridership figures
Thousands of passengers took advantage of BART's overnight service this past weekend when Caltrans shut down the eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge to perform earthquake retrofit work.
BART's final figures show that just over 8,700 people rode BART during the two overnights when BART is usually closed. 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 safety inspections and critical maintenance work designed to help ensure BART can maintain its stringent 95% passenger on-time record.
Final ridership figures report that 177,680 people rode BART on Saturday while 132,740 took BART on Sunday. (These numbers do include the overnight riders.) Combined that's about 36,600 more riders than on a typical weekend.
THIS MORNING'S RIDERSHIP UP SLIGHTLY AS WELL
109,828 rode BART this morning from start of service to 10 a.m. as Caltrans shifted traffic patterns on the Bay Bridge. That's a 3.7% increase compared to the morning of Monday, May 22 (May 29th was not used for comparison because it was a holiday weekend).
NO 24 HOUR SERVICE THIS COMING WEEKEND
Caltrans originally thought it would take two consecutive weekends to complete this phase of Bay Bridge retrofit work. However, Caltrans was able to finish this phase faster than it anticipated, so BART will not need to run 24 hour service this coming weekend, June 10 and 11.