The BART to Antioch extension carried its one-millionth rider this week, just five months after the debut of the new service in East Contra Costa County.
The milestone was reached on Halloween. By the end of service on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, the BART to Antioch extension had logged 1,001,429 riders since its opening on May 26, 2018.
“From the very first week of service, BART to Antioch has exceeded ridership expectations”, says BART Director Joel Keller, who serves East Contra Costa County and is among the local leaders who were instrumental in getting the extension built. “It has proven to be an incredible, state-of-the-art commute option for residents in the region, carrying as many people as an additional lane on Highway 4.”
The average ridership for BART to Antioch’s first full month of service in June was 7,895 each weekday. It grew to 8,622 in October.
The extension runs along the Highway 4 median between the Pittsburg/Bay Point Station and Antioch. It is 10 miles long, and added two new stations, Pittsburg Center Station and Antioch Station.
The tremendous success of the extension has pushed demand for parking at the Antioch Station beyond the available space. To address this need, BART announced last month plans to nearly double the number of spaces in Antioch with full funding for the $16.4 million project identified and a new parking lot expected to open in fall of 2020.