Big events today could mean record BART ridership

Crowded trains tied to pre-game Super Bowl activities, other scheduled events

Big events in San Francisco and Oakland today could make for record-breaking ridership on BART.

Some events are tied to tomorrow's Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium, while others were scheduled regardless, potentially creating a perfect storm that could pack trains throughout the day.

The biggest events begin early in the day. At 1 p.m. the Super City 50 Urban EDM Festival gets going at the Coliseum. As many as 20,000 people are expected to attend that concert, and could still be leaving by the time Golden State Warriors fans start arriving in the evening.

At 6 p.m., the Warriors will host the Oklahoma City Thunder in a hotly anticipated matchup between two of the top teams in the league. The Warriors are first in the Western conference with a 45-4 record and the Thunder are third at 38-13.

In San Francisco, three concerts are scheduled along the waterfront that could draw large crowds. Singer Alicia Keys will give a free concert at Justin Herman Plaza at 8 p.m. as part of the city's Super Bowl Festivities.

At about the same time a Metallica concert is scheduled at AT&T Park.

At Pier 70 in the Dogpatch area another Super Bowl party is planned -- the Direct TV Super Saturday Night party will be headlined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Tickets to that concert start at nearly $800.

Despite the full slate of events, BART isn't planning to run trains any later than usual, so the last trains will depart at shortly after midnight, potentially stranding some concert-goers.

BART set its record for Saturday ridership on Oct. 6, 2012, with 319,484 riders headed to events like a San Francisco Giants playoff game, America's Cup sailing races, Fleet Week events and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.

While it broke the record for a Saturday, it still fell well short of a typical weekday, when more than 400,000 people ride BART.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Blake Nahmias
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 5, 2016 at 10:29 am

The Super Bowl is clearly impacting the city and its residents, but is having all the trains so packed a bad thing? The reason they're going to be packed is because of all the cool stuff that is happening as a result of the Super Bowl coming to town.

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Posted by Blake Nahmias
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 5, 2016 at 11:29 am

If you want to express how the Super Bowl is effecting residents take this survey (Web Link) and let us know! USF is conducting a study to see the real effects of the Super Bowl on its host city!

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