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Crowded Trains = BART Ridership Records

Transit officials are trying to find more room for riders as BART continues scheduled maintenance on its aging fleet. What has been your experience?

The good news for BART officials is the transit system is setting ridership records.

The bad news is there isn't enough room for everybody.

BART officials said Thursday they are trying to ease what they call "train strain" because of the increasing number of riders.

In 2012, BART carried 114 million passengers, breaking all previous ridership records. Transit officials are expecting even more customers in 2013.

The problem is this increase in ridership is packing BART cars, especially during commute hours.

BART officials said they are putting every possible car into service that they can. However, their fleet, one of the oldest in the nation, requires more and more frequent maintenance.

On a typical weekday, BART is using 573 of its 669 train cars during peak commute hours. That's one of the highest utilization rates in the country.

BART officials are asking riders to make things easier by moving to the center of the car when they board to make room for riders who will enter at later stops. They are also asking bicyclists to observe the rules when riding BART.

Relief is on the way, but it'll be a few years. which are expected to roll onto the system beginning in 2018.

What has been your experience? Are BART trains more crowded? Are you able to find a seat? Share your knowledge in our comment sections.

srl99 January 20, 2013 at 02:24 PM
It's time for BART to expand their fleet of gas cars for their executives. Certainly a BART executive making hundreds of thousands of (taxpayer subsidized) dollars should risk riding in the fray of their own making. They might catch the flu from a paying passenger, which would ruin the taxpayer subsidized vacation they are going on.
Jason Schmidt January 20, 2013 at 06:37 PM
I am confused as to why we keep hearing that more people need to get out of their cars and take public transit -- but then there is no room for more people in public transit!
JB January 20, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Bart is more crowded, but the Permit lots are over half empty at 9:00 AM EVERY DAY. I'm in the 500's on the waiting list for a permit at Lafayette and Orinda stations. Who has theses parking permits and doesn't use them???
c5 January 21, 2013 at 08:03 PM
this is mostly good news. the one thing i do not hear is any plan to expand capacity...i know the train i take into sf from lafayette at 5am has plenty of people standing once you get to orinda...i understand the need to keep costs under control, but there are many ways to accomplish this other than by making people stand up...

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