Ridership data and work trends continue to undermine the case for a second BART tunnel 

In Politics by Michael Rae

Before the COVID-19 pandemic and the boom in remote work, the San Francisco region’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) was orried about capacity constraints and started planning for a second rail tunnel between Oakland and San Francisco. But, an analysis of ridership data published by BART suggests that the new tunnel, estimated to cost $29 billion, is no longer needed, in part due to the expected long-term changes to travel patterns induced by COVID-19. 

To its credit, BART publishes hourly station entrances and exits by station pair on its website. For each hour, the data set shows how many individuals traveled

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