Super Bowl Week Public Transit

During Super Bowl Week, fans readily used the public transit options available to them. The Host Committee worked closely with Bay Area regional transportation partners to help enable guests to our region and residents to travel safely and easily as possible around the Bay Area and to official Super Bowl 50 events before, during and after Super Bowl Week.  

The following is a snapshot of ridership and usage, supplied by the respective agencies.

Bay Area Rapid Transit

BART worked to match train length to meet demand wherever possible and dispatched as many cars as we can to increase carrying capacity during non-commute periods when additional cars are available.  In addition, BART worked to adjust train lengths on lines that serve SFO and OAK on the busy travel days. BART ridership numbers included:

  • Sun, 2/7/16:    146,371
  • Sat, 2/6/16;    419,161
  • Fri, 2/5/16:    528,679
  • Thu, 2/4/16:    486,596
  • Wed, 2/3/16:    471,663
  • Tue, 2/2/16:    457,178
  • Mon, 2/1/16:    441,677
  • Sun, 1/31/16:   189,295
  • Sat, 1/30/16:   279,100 

The final Saturday of Super Bowl Week was BART’s top Saturday in ridership, and Friday 2/5 was BART third busiest day in history. BART also saw a 95% or better on time performance through Super Bowl Week.


San Francisco Bay Ferry 

SF Bay Ferry enhanced its regular service for Bay Area residents traveling to and from San Francisco for Super Bowl festivities. For the nine-day period of enhanced ferry service, SF Bay Ferry ridership totaled 68,833 compared to 37,965 during a similar timeframe*: an 81% increase. The breakdown by route is listed below:

  • 25,328 passengers boarded ferries on the Vallejo/San Francisco route, compared to 13,648 passengers*
  • 34,070 passengers boarded ferries on the Alameda/Oakland/San Francisco route, compared to 15,937 passengers*
  • 6,594 passengers boarded ferries on the Harbor Bay/San Francisco route, compared to 5,980 passengers*
  • 2,841 passengers boarded ferries on the South San Francisco/East Bay route, compared to 2,400 passengers*

*During a typical nine-day period in January 2016, including four weekend days and five weekdays.

“We saw a significant increase in ridership during the nine days leading up to Super Bowl 50,” said Nina Rannells, executive director of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA). “We were thrilled that Bay Area residents’ chosen mode of transportation was SF Bay Ferry, which is testament to the increasing role of ferries as a vital component of the Bay Area’s transportation infrastructure. Planning efforts and coordination with the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), the Port of San Francisco, and other regional transit providers was extremely successful, with SF Bay Ferry playing an essential role in the public’s enjoyment. 

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Muni carried almost 200,000 extra subway trips during the nine day Super Bowl event. Last Saturday 2/6 alone, they carried over 60,000 extra subway customers – a 60 percent increase. Bus ridership was also high on both weekends. The first weekend, we saw 55,000 additional customers on Saturday and 40,000 additional customers on Sunday.  Last Saturday, ridership was highest on Saturday, with over 70,000 additional customers and Sunday was also up by about 10,000 customers.

Muni wasn’t the only transportation option available to the more than a million fans participating in the Super Bowl festivities. Whether you walked, took a taxi, rode a bike or drove, SFMTA crews were out there helping you get around.

“I want to thank the businesses, residents, employees and everyone traveling in the area for their patience and for helping us make Super Bowl 50 a great success for our City,” saidEd Reiskin, Director of Transportation, SFMTA. “I appreciate all those who chose public transportation to get around during Super Bowl 50, including the 200,000 additional riders who boarded Muni during these extraordinary events. City staff kept our streets safe and moving during this extraordinary time, and I appreciate their professionalism and hard work.”

In addition, streets surrounding Super Bowl City reopened a day ahead of schedule. 

Santa Clara Valley Transportations Authority (VTA)

VTA successfully delivered approximately 9,500 Super Bowl 50 fans to and from Levi’s Stadium Sunday, according to updated final passenger countsOutbound light rail and bus service from the stadium cleared crowds within an hour after the game ended.

Approximately 60 percent of the passengers on light rail went back to Mountain View to transfer to Caltrain, the same number as made their way to the game that way.  The trip was just as smooth after the game as on the way to Levi’s Stadium. Attendees coming from Downtown San Jose had a similarly smooth trip to and from the game.

VTA’s mobile ticketing app, EventTIK, enabled Super Bowl attendees to purchase their fare in advance to make riding public transit easy and convenient.