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“It wasn’t crowded at all. I didn’t find a seat, but my train wasn’t packed either,” Bush said.

California Highway Patrol Office Daniel Hill said diverting traffic from the bridge went smoothly Wednesday night, and it appeared people heeded warnings and planned for the closure.

“People did seem like they knew what was going on,” Hill said. “For the most part, the commute was very light for a Wednesday night.”

The official opening ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, but it was unclear who would be there to cut the chain.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who was closely involved in planning the bridge when he was mayor of Oakland, decided to skip the ceremony to be with his wife at a family gathering in Michigan.


Associated Press writers Terry Collins and Sudhin Thanawala contributed to this report.