A final report is presented assessing the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) on transportation and travel in California. The 71 - mile BART began passenger service in 1972. The final section, the transbay link between San Francisco and Oakland, opened in 1974. Ridership has grown to about 140,000 passenger trips per day, 60,000 of them transbay. BART's ridership and impacts have been less than predicted, which reflects the optimism of the predictions and the shortcomings of BART's current service. As intended, BART's most significant improvements in travel times have been for long - distance trips by transit, particularly transbay, to downtown San Francisco. BART carries 21 percent of transbay commuter trips. Areawide, BART's share of trips for all purposes is between 2 and 3 percent. Total bus ridership has changed little because the loss of riders from services paralleling BART has been offset by the use of buses to get to and from BART. Impacts on San Francisco - Oakland Bay bridge traffic have been less than expected, because new trips by car have appeared to replace those removed by BART. Implications for planning rail transit elsewhere are drawn.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also pub. as Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC. rept. no. HUD-0001644. Prepared by Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Metropolitan Transportation Commission

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    Berkeley, CA  United States  94705

    Department of Transportation

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    Department of Housing and Urban Development

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  • Authors:
    • SHERRET, A
  • Publication Date: 1979-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 261 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00326473
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-P-30-79-08 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-30176
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1982 12:00AM