By Rachel Dovey.
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, the public agency serving California’s southern Bay Area, is accustomed to losing money to Levi’s Stadium, new home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.
“When all goes well, the VTA loses $50,000 to $60,000 per event at Levi’s,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports, citing agency spokesperson Stacey Hendler Ross.
But last Wednesday’s U2 concert cost the agency an extra $61,000 for roughly an hour of service. The steep costs were due to the concert’s end time, 11 p.m. The last northbound train would normally run at 10:10, so the agency added 11 after-hours trains to shuttle about 6,500 showgoers back to their homes and vehicles.
Needless to say, the following Thursday was not such a Beautiful Day at VTA HQ.