Riders on crowded BART trains
serving San Mateo County stations will see some
relief beginning today. SamTrans, the agency
responsible for funding the operation of the
extension to San Francisco International Airport
and Millbrae, is adding extra trains to the
morning and evening commute, as well as extra
cars to two of the most popular morning trains.
During the morning peak, eight Richmond trains
will serve the Colma station. In the afternoon,
nine of the Richmond trains will serve Colma.
This is in addition to the Dublin/Pleasanton
line, which currently serves all stations on
This change will give riders less crowded trains
and more frequent service. The number of trains
serving the Colma station will double during
the commute, from the current service of one
every 15 minutes to two.
In addition, extra cars will be added to two
popular early morning trains. The trains leaving
the Millbrae Intermodal Station at 6:31 a.m.
and 6:46 a.m. will be increased from four to
Staff will continue to monitor the extension
on a daily basis and make adjustments as needed.
SamTrans initiated the changes to alleviate
crowding on some trains.
2004, ridership on the extension, which includes
the Colma, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Millbrae
and SFO stations, was 140,765 during the week
following the Labor Day holiday. This year,
ridership during the same week was 148,221,
an increase of 5.3 percent over the previous
The San Mateo County Transit District is a partner
with BART on the San Mateo County service is
responsible for the operating costs on the extension.
While ridership on the extension is growing,
it has yet to meet initial projections, resulting
in a significant and unanticipated ongoing budget