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October 29, 2009: Midweek record-breaking

on October 29, 2009

Greetings to our dear Oakland North readers,

It’s been crunch time for commuters across the Bay area. When the Bay Bridge closed yesterday hundreds of thousands of people were forced to look for alternative routes to and from San Francisco.

If you squashed yourself onto a BART carriage yesterday, then you were one of 437, 200 people who set a new record for the highest number of BART riders in a single 24-hour period. BART officials told Oakland North that today’s traffic may be even higher. (More coverage of the story of the bridge coming in later today).

Be advised that traveling between 7 and 8 is not recommended. If you can, a ferry ride across the Bay might be a calmer and more beautiful way to deal with commuting hell – not only do you get a bit of fresh air, but Jack London Square is offering free skating to riders using the ferries from now until Saturday.

In other news, Oakland’s efforts to be considered to host the World Cup continue.

Two days to go til Halloween and here at Oakland North – we’re counting down.

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