OAKLAND (KCBS) – Bay Area Rapid Transit officials are handing out free tickets good for weekend rides across the system.READ MORE: California Health Officials 'Closely Monitoring' New COVID Omicron Variant
KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports in Monday’s Matier and Ross column that ridership on weekends is way down, and that the giveaway is an attempt to build it up again.READ MORE: 7-Foot Tall LEGO Menorah to Feature at Alameda Hanukkah Celebration
BART will pass out 25,000 tickets that are good through December 18th, and track how they’re used to see whether the promotion brings riders back to the system.
Officials think people may be abandoning BART on weekends because of that renovation project that’s required several sections of East Bay track to be closed.MORE NEWS: Firefighters Extinguish 2 RVs on Fire in West Oakland
They also think Uber and Lyft may be a factor as well.