Low ridership main culprit for BART’s dismal second quarter 

Low ridership, despite an extended Bay Bridge closure, was the main culprit for BART’s lower-than-expected financial return during the second quarter of this fiscal year.

From October to December — which makes up the second quarter of the fiscal year — BART ran a $2.4 million shortfall, due in large part to ridership totals that were 1.2 percent below projections despite extended emergency closures for the Bay Bridge in both October and November, according to the agency’s latest financial report. December was particularly bad, with overall ridership down 9.3 percent when compared to 2008 totals.

Last month, the agency’s Board of Directors voted to close a mid-year deficit of $25.2 million by diverting federal stimulus funds and issuing employee layoffs.

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