No overnight BART trains

BART will not run overnight trains tonight despite an expected closure of the Bay Bridge because Caltrans has not agreed to pay for the additional service, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

“Overnight service is typically a money loser, and Caltrans will generally reimburse us. We haven’t gotten that agreement yet with Caltrans,” BART spokesman Linton Johnson said.

With commuters “packed into trains like sardines” following the emergency closure of the Bay Bridge, BART was expecting to break its historic ridership record, a spokesman for the transit system said.

During the morning commute, BART experienced a 50 percent increase in trans-bay ridership compared to a typical Wednesday, Johnson said.

Approximately 83,000 people crossed the Bay on BART, as compared to an average of 55,800.

Johnson predicted Wednesday’s total daily ridership would exceed the record of 395,300 set Sept. 4, 2008. BART increased capacity by a third during the morning commute and continues to run more and longer trains. Despite that, crammed trains and crowded platforms prevailed.

“In some cases, we had to control the flow of passengers for safety reasons,” Johnson said.

tbarak@sfexaminer.com

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