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BART posts daily ridership record


Records are made to be broken. Just ask officials at Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). On Wednesday, the agency carried a record 381,200 passengers, surpassing the previous daily record set May 1 when BART carried 375,200 riders following the collapse of the MacArthur Maze.

People taking BART to the Police concert at McAfee Coliseum and to the San Francisco Giants interleague game against the Toronto Blue Jays at AT&T Park pushed the already-high ridership over the edge. Wednesdays typically are BART’s busiest day of the week.

Meanwhile, a recent U.S. Census Bureau report showed 32.7 percent of workers in San Francisco use public transportation — the third highest of the nation’s 50 biggest cities, ranking only behind New York City and Washington, D.C.

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