Today’s Headlines

  • California Street Cable Car Closing for Repairs (SFExaminer)
  • Caltrain Fares Go Up Next Month (SFExaminer)
  • Warm Springs BART to Close for Two Weekends (SFGate)
  • Glen Park’s BART Station Architecture (Curbed)
  • New Strip Mall to Replace Old Strip Mall at Castro Valley BART (EastBayTimes)
  • And More Victim Blaming of Pedestrians (EastBayTimes)
  • Moving Residents for Treasure Island Redevelopment (SFExaminer)
  • Poll Shows Over Half Want to Leave Over Housing Costs (SFGate)
  • TransitScreen Score Answers: Can You Get By Without a Car? (Curbed)
  • The Psychology of Robot Cars (SFChron)
  • A Review of the LA to SF Sleep Bus (SFChron)

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  • John Murphy

    Interesting ridership data for SMART, three weeks in.

    Top three days of the week for ridership, in order
    Monday, Saturday, Sunday
    Despite running only 10 trains on weekends (vs 34 on weekdays), two of the top ridership days are the weekend. Makes for an easy argument that we need more trains on the weekend. Note that one of the Mondays in this data set was Labor Day, which was jam packed so on a smoother data set Sat/Sun might be the top 2 days.

    SMART had projected 3000 riders on weekdays and 300 on weekend days. Weekdays were slightly under projection (pretty good for this early in the rollout) but weekends were at 8x projection. Overall ridership is way over projection thanks to the weekends.

    I attribute this to US-101 in the North Bay seeing appreciable congestion on the weekends compared to say, the Peninsula where traffic drops off substantially on weekends.

    In 3 weeks, SMART has carried 3787 bikes.

    Top three days of the week for bike usage
    Thursday, Weds, Friday – a disjoint set with overall ridership. The board was SHOCKED but this makes sense. SMART’s rail line doesn’t really set up as a fabulous take your bike for recreation line, but most of the people in the SMART catchment live near awesome recreational cycling already. It’s not like SF where you live in a bad place for rec cycling, and can take BART to Orinda and be dropped off at the start of awesome cycling.

    Dovetailing with this, on weekdays, the single midday train was in the top 3 of the 17 trains in each direction. But that train had low bike ridership, the top 3 trains for bikes were the prime peak rush hour trains.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    It is almost as though people value transportation for non-work activities.