BART ridership swells over weekend as Super Bowl approaches

(BCN) — Nearly half a million people rode BART this weekend as several Super Bowl-related events, including the opening of Super Bowl City in San Francisco.

On Saturday, 279,100 passengers hopped on BART, the second-highest number ever for a Saturday on the system, according to BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost.

On Sunday, BART had 189,295 passengers board trains, Trost said.

The Saturday with the highest-ever number of BART riders happened on Oct. 6, 2012, with 319,484 riders. That weekend featured major events in San Francisco including a Giants playoff game at AT&T Park, America’s Cup World Series sailing races, Fleet Week and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.

The Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos takes place this Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, with many more events planned around the Bay Area in the days leading up to the big game.

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