Parade-bound Giants fans shattered transit records 

click to enlarge While parade spectators watched their favorite Giants players ride by in cars, many of them took public transportation to enjoy the celebration. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner
  • While parade spectators watched their favorite Giants players ride by in cars, many of them took public transportation to enjoy the celebration.

Bay Area transit agencies boasted record ridership for the Giants’ World Series parade Wednesday, with the event bringing in more than 304,000 extra passengers to the public transportation network.

BART alone carried 568,061 riders, a record one-day tally for the regional train operator. The agency carries about 405,000 riders on a typical October weekday. Wednesday’s tally marked a 40 percent increase and easily bested the previous record of 522,198, set during the 2010 World Series parade, BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

See how many people rode public transit to the Giants World Series Parade below the article.

BART wasn’t the only transit agency to post eye-popping numbers. Caltrain also had a record day, with 88,000 people using the Peninsula rail system Wednesday, 8,000 more than the previous high of 80,000, also set during the 2010 parade, spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

Muni carried 250,000 riders on its underground Metro system, a 56 percent increase from its normal weekday count of 160,000, according to spokesman Paul Rose.

Golden Gate Transit’s Larkspur ferry service chartered a record 14,099 passengers, which is a 181 percent increase from its normal daily total, said spokeswoman Mary Currie.

The region’s other ferry provider, the San Francisco Bay Ferry system, which takes passengers from the East Bay to The City, also posted strong numbers. Its service from Alameda and Oakland carried 1,300 passengers more than usual, but the biggest increase came on its Vallejo route. Normally, about 2,000 passengers travel on that ferry, but on Wednesday there were 6,154 — a more than 200 percent increase, according to operations manager Ernest Sanchez.

While the transit systems were prone to some delays and heavy crowds, the day passed without any major incidents related to the parade, which drew more than 1 million people, according to the Police Department.

“Considering everything we were dealing with, things went about as smooth as possible,” Rose said.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

Public transportation hits home run

A look at agencies’ ridership totals from Wednesday during San Francisco’s parade and celebration for the World Series-winning Giants.

Agency Ridership Normal Day Difference Increase
BART 568,061 405,680 162,381 +40%
Muni Metro* 250,000 160,000 90,000 +56%
Caltrain 88,000 50,821 37,179 +73%
Golden Gate Ferry** 16,198 7,099 9,099 +128%
S.F. Bay Ferry 9,054 3,600 5,454 +152%
Totals 931,313 627,200 304,113 +48.5%

*Light-rail lines only
**Includes Larkspur and Sausalito ferry lines; Sausalito line did not see any increases Wednesday
Sources: Transit agencies listed

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