BART expects record ridership to SFO during holiday week


BART expects record ridership to SFO during holiday week

BART is expecting record ridership to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) during the 2006 holiday travel period. From December 21 thru December 27, BART expects 52,000 passengers or a 5% increase in riders who will take BART to and from SFO this year compared with the same time period last year.

LAST YEAR'S RECORD RIDERSHIP NUMBERS
Passengers have set ridership records to SFO during the December 21 thru December 27 holiday travel period in each year since the SFO Station opened in 2003. In 2003, approximately 40,000 passengers took BART to and from SFO. That number increased to 48,000 passengers in 2004 and 49,600 passengers in 2005.

WHY THE RIDERSHIP INCREASES?
BART officials attribute the increase in ridership to BART's low cost, high frequency service as well as its 96% passenger on-time record.

Officials believe more and more people have discovered taking BART not only helps them avoid the Bay Area's gridlocked traffic it also helps them save on the high costs of long-term parking and gas. In fact, a BART ride from Downtown San Francisco to SFO costs $5.15. The average taxi ride costs between $27 and $37.

BOOK EARLY FOR AIRPORT PARKING IN EAST BAY
Additionally, riders can avoid the high cost of airport parking by reserving a long-term parking space at $5/day at any East Bay BART parking lots, except at the West Oakland and Coliseum/Oakland Airport stations.

To take advantage of the long-term parking offer, get a permit over the phone (877) 700-PARK or visit the Long Term Parking section.