BARTlogo.pngIn today’s Recession or Not Recession, BART officials blame drop in ridership on bad economy.

In June, the number of people paying to ride BART was down 9% from last year, causing some statisticians at CBS5 to start making projections. They suggest that if ridership continues to decrease at this level for the rest of the year, BART may be in big trouble. Then statisticians at CBS5 go rogue and begin throwing out predictions about the effect of a 9% decrease on the cuteness of a kitten. Would that bring it down the cuteness of a grown cat? By what percentage is a baby bunny cuter than a kitten?

Maybe the real question should be, Why would the recession cause a decrease in weekday public transportation riders? Perhaps so many people have lost their jobs that they have nowhere to go during the day. We can only hope that someone at CBS5 will have the answers soon.

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  • John Murphy

    No job, no commute. QED.

    When the collapsed in 2001, Caltrain ridership plummeted. There was a dual effect, people who had lost jobs that were taking Caltrain, and people who lost jobs who were not taking Caltrain. The non-Caltrain riding job losses resulted in a substantial decrease in traffic on 101, which suffered from epic congestion from 1997-2001, prompting people to ride Caltrain even back then when there were no baby bullets.

  • sfboy

    How about fare increases and reductions in service? I know it’s deterred me from riding BART. It has absolutely been the reason I bought a bike and stopped riding MUNI. That, combined with the increases in accidents and delays, it’s no wonder people don’t want to get close to these poorly run organizations!

  • Alex Barkett

    The fare increase put me on a bike. Now instead of muni delays and seat liquid I have to deal with office bike banter and sore quads. The saved money was nice until I spent it on new argyle socks for my right ankle. Probably equally likely to die. All in all it’s been a wash.

  • Robert Bildeau

    Fares have increased, but BART has not reduced any service (yet) so this is specious. I bet it was the strike threat that impacted ridership last month: was promoting a lot of alternatives to BART, and there I discovered an AC Transit transbay bus that goes right by my house. I haven’t been on BART for weeks.

  • LibertyHiller

    Of course it’s the recession. Fewer people commuting, fewer people going to baseball games and concerts, and fewer people shopping means fewer people using BART. But at least they have time to appreciate the cuteness of kittens.