Few used free BART to 'Spare the Air' yesterday

Significantly fewer people took BART during the first Spare the Air day of the year Wednesday compared with last year when BART offered free rides only until 1 p.m. for the first time.

BART ridership increased by 6,700 passengers Wednesday, compared with the average increase of 25,166 riders during free ride days last year.

The 2 percent increase of people who rode BART yesterday saved about 294,800 pounds of pollutants from spewing into the air. Last year’s free rides spared the air from an average of 1.1 million pounds of pollutants during no-cost trip days.

There were also fewer people who took advantage of the Golden Gate ferry Wednesday compared with last year’s free ride days.

During the six Spare the Air days last year, BART was free all day. The change was made to help prevent crime and safety concerns. Also, funding for four Spare the Air days is available for free rides until 1 p.m. whereas three days would have been available for all-day free rides.

Bay Area NewsLocalTransittransportation

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Lowell High School is considered an academically elite public school. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Students denounce ‘rampant, unchecked racism’ at Lowell after slurs flood anti-racism lesson

A lesson on anti-racism at Lowell High School on Wednesday was bombarded… Continue reading

Scooter companies have expanded their distribution in neighborhoods such as the Richmond and Sunset districts. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA board signs off on changes to scooter permit program

Companies will gete longer permits, but higher stakes

A health care worker receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (Go Nakamura/Getty Images/TNS)
City sets ambitious goal to vaccinate residents by June

Limited supply slows distribution of doses as health officials seek to expand access

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden arrive at Biden's inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021, in Washington, DC.  (Win McNamee/Getty Images/TNS)
Joe Biden issues call for ‘unity’ amidst extreme partisan rancor

‘I will be a president for all Americans,’ he says in inauguration speech

MARIETTA, GA - NOVEMBER 15: Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff (R) and Raphael Warnock (L) of Georgia taps elbows during a rally for supporters on November 15, 2020 in Marietta, Georgia. Both become senators Wednesday.  (Jenny Jarvie/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Vice President Harris swears in senators Padilla, Warnock, Ossoff

New Democratic senators tip balance of power in upper legislative house

Most Read