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BART ridership continues to decline while Caltrain sees slight uptick year over year

BART has experienced a decline in average weekday ridership for two years running following six years of steady growth.

BART has experienced a decline in average weekday ridership for two years running following six years of steady growth. The public transportation service has introduced three new stations over the past two years, extending the rail line North and South, and ridership is anticipated to increase as a result.

Caltrain and BART have been victims of their own success, with overcrowding and delays during peak hours the primary complaints of riders. To alleviate these issues, BART is investing a total of $2.6 billion for a new fleet of 775 BART cars, which are expected to roll out by Spring 2022. Caltrain is also in the process of it’s own $1.9 billion improvement project, with the electrification of Caltrain scheduled to be operational by 2022.

Concurrently, the construction of the Central Subway in San Francisco is underway. The 1.7 mile alignment will run from Chinatown down 4th Street and provide a link between BART and Caltrain. This MUNI line is projected to be the most heavily traveled line by 2030, bringing commuters through the highly anticipated Central SOMA area.
With notable office developments in the pipeline for Central SOMA, transportation will be key to the growth of the neighborhood.

Source: JLL Research

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