BART is getting one step closer to installing a 2nd transbay tube from the East Bay to San Francisco! Construction is scheduled to start within the next decade, as transit planners anticipate population and job growth that could overwhelm the Bay Area’s already stressed rail system.
A new study predicts that 4 million people will move into the the Bay Area, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Joaquin counties by 2040, and that San Francisco will add 300,000 jobs. If demand for BART escalates from about 45,000 people crossing the bay during peak hours in 2020 to about 55,000 in 2025, BART will reach capacity by 2027.
The goal of the second tube — or rail crossing — isn’t just to increase the number of people rolling across the bay during peak hours. It also has the potential to extend BART service around the clock.
Jack and Carolyn talked about it on the air! Listen here: