Last weekend’s Bay Bridge closure went smoothly according to Caltrans, and the bridge opened more than 24 hours ahead of schedule. BART saw increased ridership because of the closure and because of the agency’s limited all-night service. Motorists can expect a slightly different alignment of the bridge leaving the toll plaza – a conflicting chunk of the old span was eliminated so that construction of the new east span can continue. The next time the Bay Bridge will close, according to spokesman Bart Ney, will be Labor Day 2013, when the new east span is expected to open. [CBS5]
Updated 2:50 p.m.: Ridership numbers released today show BART had a really big weekend during the closure, including its fifth busiest Saturday ever.