BART resumes regular service hours Tuesday
BART resumes regular hours on Tuesday after running limited round-the-clock service for five nights while the Bay Bridge was closed for the switch to a new eastern span.
BART ridership was over 1.85 million trips from Wednesday-Sunday (final Monday figures will be available Tuesday afternoon), a 23% increase compared to the same time period in 2012.
BART made about 380,000 more trips from Wednesday to 7pm on Monday compared to the same time period in 2012.
BART carried about 15% more each day compared to the 2009 Labor Day weekend bridge closure in 2009. During that five-day Bay Bridge closure, BART ridership was up about 30%, or 230,000 extra trips, compared to the same five-day period in 2008, when there was no bridge closure.
Saturday and Sunday saw a 40% increase compared to the same Saturday and Sunday in 2012.
Here is a breakdown of ridership figures:
- Wednesday 8/28/13: 427,554 trips
- Thursday 8/29/13: 475,015 trips (third highest ridership day ever)
- Friday 8/30/13: 457,018 trips (fourth highest ridership day ever)
- Saturday 8/31/13: 278,858 (second highest ridership for a Saturday)
- Sunday 9/1/13: 217,084 (seventh highest ridership for a Sunday)
- Monday 9/2/13: 193,764
"We are gratified to have been a part of this historic event and we congratulate the Bay Bridge team on a successful transition,” said BART Board President Tom Radulovich. “BART workers stepped up and provided safe and reliable service to hundreds of thousands of extra riders during this period. Once again BART’s role is clear as a vital link in our region’s transportation network."
In addition to the overnight service, BART also ran longer trains during regular hours since Aug. 28 to accommodate increased ridership from the closure and a number of special events, including A’s home games, Cal Bears football and America’s Cup finals.