BART sees near record ridership numbers over weekend

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With the westbound Bay Bridge closed this weekend, Bay Area travelers packed on to BART, resulting in near-record ridership numbers.

Unofficial numbers — from a BART press release sent out Monday morning — put Sunday’s ridership at approximately 178,000 people. This is tens of thousands higher than the previous Sunday at 121,000 and the Sunday before that, Feb. 5, at 112,700.

BART had 236,600 riders Saturday, making it the fifth highest Saturday ridership in BART history.

“The highest Saturday ridership in BART history was September 1, 2007 when 278,600 people rode BART while the Bay Bridge was completely shut down and three major sporting events were attracting crowds (Cal hosted Tennessee, Stanford hosted UCLA and the A’s played the Tigers),” the release reads.

Soumya Karlamangla is the city news editor.