Caltrain — not quite a record, but…

According to some sources at Caltrain, an estimated 80,000 rides were provided on the train service on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 when San Francisco threw a ticker tape parade in honor of the Giants World Series victory.

That’s a little more than double the usual weekday ridership. Because word got out that conductors weren’t checking tickets on northbound morning trains, several thousand likely got a free ride. They were not allowed to board in San Francisco, however, without a valid ticket or pass.

Caltrain's 2nd busiest day

Caltrain’s record of an amazing 170,000 passengers still holds. This occurred in 1994 during the World Cup soccer games at Stanford University, when Caltrain ran eight-car train sets. These days, trains are limited to five cars.

BART broke their all time record with 522,200 riders yesterday. The old record of 442,100 happened on October 29, 2009, when the Bay Bridge was abruptly closed for emergency repairs.

The Golden Gate Bridge District added additional ferry trips across the Bay, and SF Muni added additional trains as well, but there’s no word on how many passengers they had.

An estimated 1.7 million people came into San Francisco to take part in the Giants’ celebration, effectively tripling the city’s population for the day.

7 Comments

  • Anonymous
    November 5, 2010 - 4:20 am | Permalink

    First I mistook SF Giants for Giants in Japan when I read newspaper yesterday, ah- Giants in SF!
    How huge numbers lined up the winning parade!
    Congratulations !

  • Rita
    November 5, 2010 - 4:20 pm | Permalink

    The 170,000 ridership noted for World Cup occurred over six days. Caltrain customers heading to the Giants victory parade set the one-day ridership record for the rail agency.

  • November 5, 2010 - 6:30 pm | Permalink

    @Shuichi — the day before this parade, I saw a Nihonjin man wearing a Yomiuri Giants baseball hat. It was funny, especially since the Yomiuri and San Francisco teams have the same colors – orange and black!

  • November 5, 2010 - 6:30 pm | Permalink

    @Shuichi — the day before this parade, I saw a Nihonjin man wearing a Yomiuri Giants baseball hat. It was funny, especially since the Yomiuri and San Francisco teams have the same colors – orange and black!

  • Kit
    November 5, 2010 - 7:08 pm | Permalink

    I love the story of Lefty O’Doul and the Tokyo Giants. I say there should be celebrating in the streets of Tokyo. Sure, your Giants may win the title every other year, but this is a first for the Giants in Lefty’s city! ;)

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