Late-night transit riders can rejoice.
The BART Board of Directors voted on Thursday to keep funding a pilot program that has increased the frequency of AC Transit's "All Nighter" buses on the weekends.
The routes operate between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., when BART trains aren't running. In December 2014, BART and AC Transit launched a pilot program that allowed AC Transit to shorten the time between weekend All Nighter buses from 30 minutes to 20.
"Getting to 20-minute headways overnight is absolutely essential for people who are standing on a curb outside a BART station after midnight," said BART Director Robert Raburn.
Transit officials say ridership on the routes -- primarily Line 800 between Richmond and San Francisco and Line 801 between Fremont and Oakland -- increased 15 percent between July and September, compared with the same three months in 2014.