SFO ridership up 29% compared to first year of service
Almost 52,000 people used BART's train-to-plane connection with San Francisco International Airport (SFO) during the 2006 Christmas holiday travel period. From December 21st through December 27th, the transit district recorded 51,815 passengers taking BART to and from SFO. That's a 4.5% increase compared with the same period last year.
RIDERSHIP GAINING EACH YEAR
Passengers have set ridership records to SFO during the December 21st through December 27th Christmas holiday travel period in each year since the SFO Station opened in 2003.
In fact, 2006's ridership represents a stunning 29% increase compared to 2003, when approximately 40,000 passengers took BART to and from SFO.
WHY THE RIDERSHIP INCREASES?
BART officials attribute the increase in ridership to BART's low cost, high frequency service as well as its 96% passenger on-time record.
Officials believe more people have discovered taking BART is not only a convenient way to avoid the Bay Area's gridlocked traffic, it also saves on the high costs of long-term parking and gasoline.
A BART ride from downtown San Francisco to SFO costs $5.15. The average taxi ride costs between $27 and $37.