BART’s weekend, night ridership figures drop by 10 million

You spend billions of tax dollars and you lose ridership.  Folks do not use BART for weekend efforts—like going to events, visit grandma or the movies.  Getting rid of cars in San Fran will create an economic swamp, a home for those without a home and the very rich.  Real people, with families will leave the area.

“According to recent figures, the total amount of rides outside of commuting hours have dropped by nearly 10 million, from 62.2 million in 2015 to 52.7 million in 2019, The Chronicle reported.

In a survey of 662 BART riders, among the reasons cited for using the transit system less was the lower frequency of trains on the weekend and the rail system not reaching places BART users wanted to travel to.

Riders also cited crime, cleanliness (or lack thereof) and homeless riders as reasons they did not use BART outside of commute times. According to The Chronicle, about 29 percent of the riders surveyed said they have used BART less on the weekends versus a year ago.

Are you going to take your kids on Saturday to visit a museum using a dirty, KNOWN crime ridden bus or train?  When will the folks running government admit that socialism—that is what government transportation is.

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BART’s weekend, night ridership figures drop by 10 million

By Dianne de Guzman, SFGATE, 2/12/20   

Despite morning and evening commutes on BART getting seemingly more crowded during the week, new figures from the transit agency indicate that ridership has decreased during off-peak hours, particularly on weekends and at night.

According to recent figures, the total amount of rides outside of commuting hours have dropped by nearly 10 million, from 62.2 million in 2015 to 52.7 million in 2019, The Chronicle reported.

In a survey of 662 BART riders, among the reasons cited for using the transit system less was the lower frequency of trains on the weekend and the rail system not reaching places BART users wanted to travel to.

Riders also cited crime, cleanliness (or lack thereof) and homeless riders as reasons they did not use BART outside of commute times. According to The Chronicle, about 29 percent of the riders surveyed said they have used BART less on the weekends versus a year ago.

This isn’t to say that the decrease in ridership is particular only to BART; national public transportation ridership figures are down, as well. The American Transport Association reported a 5% increase in ridership totals between 2011 to 2015, before those figures began to decline in 2016 and continued to fall until 2018.

Ride-hail services like Lyft and Uber could also be another contributing factor toward lower ridership figures, as the Chronicle also pointed out; the two companies have significantly added to the vehicle traffic of major metropolitan areas, including San Francisco, and public transportation riders may be opting out of BART in order to get more direct — and potentially cheaper — rides to their destination.

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Comments

  1. BART Loses.

    LA’s MTA Loses

    Santa Barbara’s MTD Loses

    You think there just might be a trend here? What surprises me is the people that vote for liars like Newsom who said the High Speed Rail is dead and then ordered more billions to be spent on it. How do you do that? How do you vote for failure and false data?

  2. John Steele says

    It’s too d-mn dangerous at night or weekends riding BART.. I expect the Marin SMART train to join this list also.

  3. Gotta Gedada Displace says

    Is ridership REALLY dropping, or is it just EASIER to jump the turnstiles on nites and weekends ???

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