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Super Bowl 50 Helps Push BART Ridership Toward Record High

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    BART ridership soars with fans flocking to Super Bowl City. Stephanie Chuang reports. (Published Friday, Feb. 5, 2016)

    Nearly half a million people rode on the Bay Area Rapid Transit train on Thursday, with many of those passengers likely making a stop in Super Bowl City in San Francisco.

    BART spokesman Jim Allison said BART carried 486,596 passengers on Thursday eclipsing a ridership total set in August 2013 during the Bay Bridge closure for the number five spot on BART's highest ridership days.

    Only the four recent sports victory parades stand higher on BART's Top Ten list.

    The No. 1 spot goes to the Giants World Series Victory Parade, which fell on Halloween in 2012 with about 568,000 riders.

    Spot No. 2 goes to the Warriors Championship Parade and Rally, which was held on the same day the Oakland A’s played the Los Angeles A’s on June 19, 2015.

    And ridership days No. 3 and 4 both go to the Giants World Series Victory parades in 2010 and 2014, respectively. Ridership for the latter three spots were all above 500,000 riders.

    The average BART weekly ridership over the last seven months has been 431,332.

    BART is also offering some tips for those heading to the Super Bowl City or the NFL Experience in San Francisco.

    •  Use Montgomery Street Station as an alternative to the Embarcadero Station.
    •  Buy a round trip ticket or make sure your Clipper Card has enough money before beginning your BART trip.
    •  Use a bus connection, bicycle, walk or have someone drop you off at BART instead of hunting for a parking spot.
    •  Check the BART QuickPlanner and the All Nighter bus schedule if you are out late at night.

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