BART projecting record ridership on SFO extension

Holiday passengers flying out of San Francisco International Airport this week are projected to account for record ridership numbers on BART.

The regional rail system has estimated that 64,000 people will use it services to get down to SFO this week, a mark that would shatter the previous record for passenger usage on its airport extension.

The 64,000-rider projection entails the Wednesday to Monday holiday peak schedule. In 2008, 62,000 passengers travelled on the SFO extension during the Thanksgiving holiday, a total that is currently the agency’s high-water mark.

To accommodate the crush of passengers, BART will be running longer trains on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, which is traditionally the busiest travel day of the year. It will also operate longer trains on the Sunday following Thanksgiving. On the day of Thanksgiving, BART will maintain its normal Sunday schedule, with service starting at 8 a.m.

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