50 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Bay Area Rapid Transit


BART is the fifth-busiest rail system in the world. But despite its popularity, we riders tend to know very little about these trains moving us around The Bay.

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1. BART trains travel at speeds of up to 80 mph.

2. They typically go no faster than 66-70 mph though. The brakes could fail if a driver were to pull the brakes while going full speed.

3. It's been estimated that BART makes nearly $10 million per year off of discarded, low value tickets.

4. The minimum BART fare for trips under 6 miles in length is $1.85.

5. The maximum one-way fare (which includes multiple surcharges) is $15.40, and would be a trip from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Oakland International Airport.

6. Interestingly, the above route is the most expensive, but not technically the longest. Riders who go from Pittsburg / Bay Point to Millbrae take a longer trip, but pay less because of additional charges added to airport routes.

7. BART construction officially began on June 19, 1964.

8. President Lyndon Johnson presided over the ground-breaking ceremony.


9. When BART began operation, it included 28 miles of track and served 12 stations.

10. Today, BART compromises 104 miles of track, serving 44 stations in 21 cities.

11. Of those stations, 16 are at ground level, 12 are elevated, and 12 underground subway stations.

12. About 100,000 people rode BART during its first week of service in 1972.

13. Over 400,000 people currently ride BART daily.

14. It's projected that daily BART ridership will reach 600,000 by 2040.

15. The most populated station is Embarcadero in San Francisco, which accommodated over 41,000 average daily riders in 2013.

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