Parade-going fans break BART ridership record

November 1, 2012 12:55:38 PM PDT
BART set a new ridership record Wednesday as San Francisco Giants fans packed trains to head to the parade and celebration for the team's World Series title.

A total of 568,061 exits were tallied on the BART system Wednesday, breaking the previous record of 522,198, which was set on Nov. 3, 2010, the date of the parade to celebrate the Giants' World Series win that year.

BART officials said the agency used every train available to accommodate crowds headed to Wednesday's celebration, which coincided with Halloween.

Caltrain was also packed -- that agency tallied 22,000 people taking trains up the Peninsula to San Francisco on Wednesday morning, spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

That number is more than double the average of 9,600 riders who take Caltrain to the city on a weekday morning, Dunn said.

Ridership also jumped on Golden Gate Ferry, spokeswoman Mary Currie said.

The ferry from Larkspur to San Francisco carried about 6,000 people between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m., while it usually carries about 5,000 for an entire day, Currie said.

San Francisco Municipal Railway saw a sharp increase in ridership on its Muni Metro system, logging about 250,000 passengers as of Wednesday evening, compared to 160,000 on a normal day, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

There was no ridership estimate available yet for Muni's bus fleet.

Transit official Paul Rose said.

There was no ridership estimate available yet for Muni's bus fleet.

Transit officials said things went smoothly for the most part.

BART experienced minor delays because of the crowds, while an overhead wire issue caused problems on Muni's N-Judah light-rail line for nearly four hours in the evening.

The problem was reported at 6:14 p.m. Outbound N-Judah trains had to turn around at Duboce Avenue and Fillmore Street while inbound vehicles turned around at Judah Street and 19th Avenue, Rose said. The problem was resolved around 10 p.m.

Police Chief Greg Suhr said the parade was "at least as big as last time" in 2010 resolved around 10 p.m.

Police Chief Greg Suhr said the parade was "at least as big as last time" in 2010 when he said it was estimated that more than a million people came to the city to celebrate the Giants' victory.


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