BART wants to keep extra riders 

BART was the knight in shining armor for many stranded commuters during the Bay Bridge emergency closure. Now officials hope to have a long term relationship with those passengers.

On Monday, BART carried 393,000 passengers. On Tuesday, some of them returned to their cars.

“Time will tell how many of the new riders will stick with BART,” BART Board President Thomas Blalock said. “The economy is one of the most important factors in ridership. Until the economy improves, we may see the ridership trend downward again now that people have the option to drive across the Bay Bridge.”

tbarak@sfexaminer.com

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