BART gives advice ahead of Super Bowl 50 crowds in San Francisco

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While officials say they're prepared for the extra crush of riders expected to flood BART trains ahead of the Super Bowl, some Bay Area commuters say they're worried. (KGO-TV)

With an estimated million fans expected to hit the Bay Area for the Super Bowl, mass transit agencies have the tough task of getting them where they need to go.

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BART officials think they will carry about 35,000 more people a day during Super Bowl festivities, which has some riders feeling a bit worried.

"It's crowded on a normal basis, like without the influx of people coming in from Denver or Carolina or wherever they're coming from," said San Francisco resident Phil Fain. "I am kinda nervous for my morning commute."

Walking through BART's lobby, there are no special signs to help guide Super Bowl visitors. And there were a few train breakdowns this week. But BART officials say -- don't worry.

"We have a 14 page operations plan that was finalized yesterday, so we feel we are very ready," said BART spokesperson Jim Allison.

They have done all non-essential maintenance on trains so they are all ready to roll. And they plan to stage equipment and crews along the lines in case there is a break down.

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"We will have special event trains for the end of some of those concerts and we'll have extra trains in case some mechanical breakdown along the line," said Allison.

Advice for regular riders includes buying roundtrip tickets so you can avoid lines at the stations, or bring a Clipper card. And avoid BART parking lots. They are expected to be full. Get dropped off or ride your bike instead.

If you see a confused visitor, guide them to the BART volunteers who will be at the stations.

"People who are engineers accountants, they'll be out there in yellow vests getting people where they need to go," said Allison.

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BART even got into the spirit of the things with commemorative Clipper cards that have the Super Bowl logo.

Some riders tell ABC7 News that it's not BART they are worried about.

"I think BART can handle it," said Pleasanton resident Lana De La Cruz. "But I don't know if the people can handle it."

BART officials remind riders that service hours will remain the same. So they close at midnight on Saturday night. So if you're attending any of the concerts in San Francisco the next few Saturdays, remember there are no trains after midnight.

Muni is adjusting its schedule to make it a little easier to get around in Super Bowl City during this period. Muni subway night service is available once again. It's been closing at 9:30 p.m. for the next six months for crews to install a new communication system. But through the Super Bowl, Muni trains will now run from 5 a.m. until 1 a.m. the next morning.

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