Bay Area Rapid Transit

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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is a rapid transit system serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The heavy-rail public transit system connects San Francisco with cities in the East Bay and suburbs in northern San Mateo County. BART operates five lines on 104 miles (167 km) of track with 43 stations in four counties. With average weekday ridership of 327,629 passengers,[1] BART is the fifth-busiest heavy rail rapid transit system and one of the quietest in the United States.[2]

BART is operated by the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, a special-purpose transit district that was formed in 1957 to cover San Francisco, Alameda County, and Contra Costa County. The name BART is an acronym and is pronounced as a word, not as individual letters. In some ways, BART is the successor to the Key System, which ran streetcars across the lower deck of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge until 1958.

BART has served as a highly successful rapid transit and commuter rail system, and it has provided a valuable alternative transportation route to highway transportation. Due to the success and the number of commuters depending upon the rail system, BART has been undergoing a vast modernization to improve the quality of the system and its ability to serve the public's transportation needs. These modernizations have included overhauls of the stations, the purchase of new and refurbished rolling stock, and extensions to the area covered by the BART lines.

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