BART celebrates 35 years of service

BART is celebrating two milestones today — 35 years of train service and 50 years since its creation.

The first fare-paying passengers boarded a BART train on Sept. 11, 1972, according to the agency. And on June 4, 1957, the California State Legislature and then Gov. Goodwin Knight officially created BART in order to offset the massive influx of cars and people moving into the Bay Area after World War II.

BART serves 340,000 riders each day, according to the agency.

“Congratulations to BART for 35 years of service and 50 years of history,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in an anniversary video that can be viewed on BARTtv at http://www.BART.gov/BARTtv. “From a visionary plan that began in the 1940s, we have seen this idea grow into a great success.''

From 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the Lower Capitol Rotunda in the State Capitol building in Sacramento, Gov. Schwarzenegger, Senate President pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, will appear either in person or via video to publicly acknowledge BART's birthday.

BART said it would focus the next 50 years on modernizing its cars and on service extensions.

— Bay City News

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