Economy Triggers Jump in Bay Transit Ridership

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The Bay Area was buzzing with events this weekend, from Fleet Week to a bluegrass festival, the America's Cup to a Giant's playoff game, and a lot of people took public transit to get to those events.

BART spokesman Jim Allison said more than 319,000 used BART on Saturday alone, shattering its previous ridership record set in 2007 when the Bay Bridge was shut down to replace a portion of the eastern span.

But just about every public transit system is seeing increasing rideship.

Christine Dunn, public information officer for CalTrain, said CalTrain ridership has been up 25 months in a row.

KQED's Cy Musiker spoke with Randy Rentschler of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the agency that manages funding for the Bay Area transit systems, about the various factors leading to a surge of ridership on Bay Area public transit -- from record-breaking gas prices to a rebounding economy.

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