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Record ridership on BART during holiday weekend

OAKLAND -- The Bay Area's commuter rail system has reported record ridership throughout the Labor Day holiday as thousands more travelers took to the trains during the Bay Bridge's weekend shutdown.

Nearly 390,000 passengers rode Bay Area Rapid Transit trains Friday, when the bridge closed to traffic at 8 p.m., breaking the previous weekday record of 381,200 set in June.

The next day's ridership of 278,600 blew past the previous Saturday mark by almost 50,000 riders as football fans traveled to Berkeley to see the University of California football team beat Tennessee.

On Sunday, a record 208,700 travelers rode BART as thousands gathered in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The previous Sunday record of 195,700 was set the day of the city's annual gay pride parade in June.

The bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland reopened Monday evening after crews replaced a 350-foot section of the span.

About 350,000 riders take BART on an average weekday.

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