SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— BART set a new record ridership thanks to Giants fans who streamed into San Francisco for Wednesday’s big victory parade.

The final tally shows BART had a record 568,061 riders smashing the previous record by over 45,000 riders.

That old record—of 522,198 riders was actually set on November 3, 2010— the day of the last World Series victory parade for the Giants.

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In addition there were an extra 100 employees in bright yellow vests directing traffic the entire day. Rush hour service was used the entire day and extra event trains were even brought in.

According to BART Board President John McPartland, that’s a whopping 40 percent more riders than on a normal October weekday.

“We put every possible train with the maximum amount of ridership to be able to accommodate this during that time frame,” McPartland said. He added that the real heroes were the patrons who used the system. “Everyone was in a good mood and everyone was cooperating.”

Caltrain loaded up riders as well with 22,000 riders taking the train to Fourth and King in San Francisco. About 9,600 Caltrain riders disembark at that station on a normal weekday.

BART managers will be busy the next several days going over all the data amassed in order to critique their performance, so they can better serve the riders, in the event that the Giants win a championship, and host a parade down Market Street again.

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