'BART' is celebrating its birthday by giving away freebies to passengers.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency will give free rides to 40,000 students grades K-12 who are on field trips. The giveaway will be on a first-come, first-served basis and teachers would need to apply for the tickets through BART's website.
Tomorrow, BART will be handing out a limited number of $40 vouchers for free tickets. To qualify, passengers need to pick up a special 40th anniversary sticker at any station. BART employees will then randomly select people who are wearing the sticker. There will only be 1,000 vouchers available on Friday.
And starting next week, on September 29th, BART is offering free ice cream and other food to passengers at San Francisco's Powell Street and Oakland's Rockridge stations. More food will be served at other stations during the following month. On October 13th, riders at the Castro Valley and Fremont stations will be getting ice cream. Then on October 27th, passengers at the El Cerrito Plaza and Pittsburgh/Bay Point stations get their turn with the free food.
BART first went into service back in 1972. A hundred thousand passengers rode the train during that first week. Today, more than 400,000 people ride BART on a daily basis.