11.01.2009
BART customers continue to set ridership records

On Saturday, October 31: Fifth-highest Saturday
For the 3 a.m. (Saturday, October 31) to 3 a.m. (Sunday, November 1) revenue day, BART had 227,100 riders. This is the fifth-highest Saturday since BART began service. There were 133,700 transbay trips.

On Friday, October 30: Second-highest ridership day
For the 3 a.m. (Friday, October 30) to 3 a.m. (Saturday, October 31) revenue day, BART had 437,700 riders. This was the second-highest ridership day since BART began service. There were 258,200 transbay trips.

On Thursday, October 29: 442,000 riders following emergency Bay Bridge closure
For the second time in as many days, BART customers have set a new, single-day ridership record. On Thursday, trains carried 442,000 riders beating the previous day's record high of 437,200 riders. Thursday there were 86,000 or 24% more customers than on a typical Thursday.

Also Thursday, 260,600 riders used BART to get between the East Bay and San Francisco. Transbay ridership was 95,000 or 57% higher than on an average Thursday.

THIS MORNING'S TRANSBAY RIDERSHIP UP 60%
BART's transbay ridership this morning is up 60% as compared with a normal Friday morning. Typically between the start of service and 10 a.m. BART would carry about 50,000 passengers between the East Bay and San Francisco. This morning, transbay ridership increased by 29,000 riders for a total of approximately 79,000 transbay riders.

Additionally, this morning's overall ridership was up 27%. That translates into 28,000 more passengers using BART. Typically, during a Friday morning commute, BART would carry about 101,000 passengers systemwide. Today there was a total of 129,000 riders systemwide.

TODAY LONGER TRAINS & EXTRA SERVICE
During non-commute hours today, BART will run extra trains outside the normal BART schedule in order to provide additional transbay service for those traveling between San Francisco and the East Bay. Many trains will also be longer than normal throughout the day and into the evening commute.

SNAPSHOT OF HIGHEST RIDERSHIP DAYS
This is a chart of the top 5 ridership days since BART began service on September 11, 1972:

 

RIDERSHIP

DAY

DATE

EVENT

1.

442,000

Thursday

10/29/2009

Emergency Closure Bay Bridge - Day 2

2.

437,200

Wednesday

10/28/2009

Emergency Closure Bay Bridge - Day 1

3.

405,400

Monday

9/08/2008

Raiders vs. Broncos, Giants vs. Arizona

4.

395,300

Friday

9/04/2009

Planned Bay Bridge Closure (24 hr service)

5.

394,370

Thursday

6/19/2008

Spare the Air Day