The Bay Area Rapit Transit (BART) system set what could be an all-time ridership record today by moving more than 400,000 people to, from and around the San Francisco Giants’ World Series Championship parade and rally. Still others rode their bikes to the rally.
And here's a new one on us: According to SFBart’s Blog, fans held tailgate parties in BART stations as they turned the BART experience into a day-long happy-time event. Check out a video.
Daily ridership is rebounding this year from an economy-induced dip, and the average weekday ridership is around 350,000. A final tally won’t be available until tomorrow, but today’s parade may have just broken the record of 442,000 riders set on October 29, 2009 during a Bay Bridge emergency closure. (Next-day follow-up: a new record indeed was set: 522,000.)
See, Dr. P? Despite your disinclination to believe it, transit can be exceptionally beneficial during a freeway closure.