Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is a public transportation system serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The rapid transit elevated and subway system connects San Francisco with cities in the East Bay and suburbs in northern San Mateo County. BART's rapid transit system operates five routes on 104 miles (167 km) of line, with 44 stations in four counties; additionally, BART operates a 3.2-mile (5.1 km) AGT line to Oakland Airport which adds a forty-fifth station to the system. Further spur lines under BART jurisdiction within individual counties utilize other rail technologies. With an average of 423,120 weekday passengers and 126 million annual passengers in fiscal year 2015, BART is the fifth-busiest heavy rail rapid transit system in the United States. The name is spoken as an acronym instead of an initialism; it is referred to as "Bart", not "B-A-R-T".
BART is operated by the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, a special-purpose transit district that was formed in 1957 to cover San Francisco, Alameda County, and Contra Costa County.
BART combines the aesthetics and carrying capacity of a metro system with the logistics and pricing model of commuter rail. It is an alternative to highway transportation, especially to avoid congestion on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, which connects San Francisco to the East Bay suburbs and the city of Oakland. As of 2016, the BART system is being expanded to San Jose with the consecutive Warm Springs and Silicon Valley BART extensions.
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