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BART Dealing With Crowded Trains As It Sets Ridership Records

Transit officials are trying to find more room for its riders as it continues scheduled maintenance on its aging fleet. What's been your experience?

The good news for BART officials is the transit system is setting ridership records.

The bad news is there isn't enough room for everybody.

BART officials said today they are trying to ease what they call "train strain" because of the increase number of riders.

In 2012, BART carried 114 million passengers, breaking all previous ridership records. Transit officials are expecting even more customers in 2013.

The problem is this increase in ridership is packing BART cars, especially during commute hours.

BART officials said they are putting every possible car into service that they can. However, their aging fleet, one of the oldest in the nation, requires more and more frequent maintenance.

On a typical weekday, BART is using 573 of its 669 train cars during peak commute hours. That's one of the highest utilization rates in the country.

BART officials are asking riders to make things easier by moving to the center of the car when they board to make room for riders who will enter at later stops. They are also asking bicyclists to observe the rules when riding BART.

Relief is on the way, but it'll be a few years. which are expected to roll onto the system beginning in 2018.

What has been your experience? Are BART trains more crowded? Are you able to find a seat? Share your knowledge in our comment sections.

mac January 19, 2013 at 04:05 PM
BART is a great way to travel, but there is lots of room for improvement. For example, cleaning cars both inside and out should be a daily requirement. With a high unemployment rate, and a large pool of available workers, there is no excuse for dirty trains. In addition, a BART policeman should be walking from front car to rear car and back ensuring that there's no vagrancy or food consumption or misuse of spaces.
Helen January 19, 2013 at 10:49 PM
I enjoy taking BART and I'm the envy of friends who live in Marin or the peninsula when I meet them in the City. My concern is the parking problem, particularly at the West Dublin Station. Are additional parking garages being considered in Dublin or Pleasanton?
David Mc Grath January 20, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Couldn't agree more. Trains should be cleaned on a daily basis as well as stations and restrooms. I've used public transportation in cities in the US and in Europe and Japan and all have been superior to Bart in terms of cleanliness. Panhandlers on Bart trains consistently take advantage of a captive audience as well.

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