85% jump in morning transbay ridership
Although the Bay Bridge opened around 9:00 a.m., BART will continue to run longer trains both throughout the day and during the evening commute to carry home the large number of additional riders who chose to use BART this morning while the Bay Bridge was closed. Between the start of service and 9:00 a.m., transbay ridership was up 85%.
"We carried 71,300 people across the bay this morning and all of them still have to get home," BART's Assistant General Manager of Operations Paul Oversier said. "Most people have no way to get back home, which is why we are running longer trains now through the end of this evening's commute."
THIS MORNING'S TRANSBAY RIDERSHIP UP 85%
BART's transbay ridership this morning was up 85% as compared with a normal Monday morning. Between the start of service and 9:00 a.m. BART carried a total of 71,300 passengers or 32,900 more than usual.
Additionally, this morning's systemwide ridership was up 40% as compared with a normal Monday morning. Between the start of service and 9:00 a.m. BART carried a total of 112,700 passengers overall or 32,300 more than usual.
SUNDAY TRANSBAY RIDERSHIP UP 81%
While Sunday was not a record-setting day, ridership was up significantly as compared with a typical Sunday. On Sunday, total transbay ridership was up 81% for a total of 98,300 riders as compared with a typical Sunday. That translates to 43,900 more passengers than usual crossing the bay on BART. Systemwide, trains carried 168,200 riders, which are 34,000 or 25% more customers than on a typical Sunday.