BART rates set to go up

Passengers to see average increase of 19 cents per ride starting Jan. 1

Starting on Jan. 1, BART riders will pay slightly higher train fares to help pay for new train cars and other projects, according to BART officials.

BART passengers will pay, on average, an extra 19 cents per ride to finance projects that BART officials say will ensure reliable, safe and clean train service for the Bay Area in the coming years.

The BART Board of Directors voted in February to continue BART's inflation-based fare increase program, in place since 2003.

The projects supported by the program will aim to replace and improve BART's "aging system." This includes purchasing Fleet of the Future train cars, a new train control system to improve reliability and to allow more trains to run more frequently, and the expansion of and improvements to the Hayward Maintenance Complex to serve the new fleet and support future service to Silicon Valley.

The inflation-based fare increase program means that predictable, but small changes to the prices are made, instead of larger increases with little notice, BART officials said.

The renewal of the program means that fare increases will continue every two years until 2020 and is expected to generate $325 million for the new programs.

"BART is required to come up with a portion of funding for many of our capital projects in order to qualify to receive extra money from other sources," BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said. "BART must pay $800 million toward the cost of new rail cars -- this fare increase will help us achieve that goal."

The first increase will be 5.2 percent, according to BART officials.

— Bay City News Service


Posted by Joseph, a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:26 am

Let's be truthful, the increase is being made to pay for the union workers benefits.

Posted by Louise, a resident of Danville
on Dec 16, 2013 at 10:17 am

Th greed of union employees continues to astound. They want the public to pay for their bloated pensions, salaries and benefits. If this were a private company it would not be tolerated. Why do they get away with it? Unions have a stranglehold on the public who pay their wages and benefits. It should stop so there is more fairness and balance as the current administration and leadership in Washington blathers on about but in reality does not support when it comes to unions.

Posted by Scott S, a resident of Danville
on Dec 17, 2013 at 8:38 am

Just another kick in the teeth for BART patrons. Happy Holidays from BART!

Posted by Pop Yuleus, a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

It may be hard to accept, but the culprit here is Not the BART unions that have found a way to stay afloat by banding together and bargaining for their supper.

The REAL problem is inequity in the economic system -- All the gains since the Great Recession have gone to the top few percent, and the middle class has been slowly sinking since the 1980s. Until you complainers accept reality, band together and demand changes to that system, you have no one to blame except yourselves.

Beggaring the BART union isn't going to help you. They only look slightly better-off because you're worse-off.

Posted by Ray Davis, a resident of Danville
on Dec 18, 2013 at 7:44 am

A waste of money for union people. Too bad nothing being thrown at the game of knockout going on at the Fremont stations and elsewhere where it is being covered up. I'm boycotting the system----trash lazy union "workers."

Posted by Kip Ohara, a resident of Danville
on Dec 24, 2013 at 8:59 am

Timing of the increase is a perfect, its been a few weeks since the last Bart bungling. They were due. I point to the unions benefits demands for causing the increase in fares. Their greedy demands are paid out of the riders pockets. I was sickened to hear of the unions demands through this whole process. I own a business and know how hard I work, my employees work, and colleagues in my industry, and how we are compensated. My industry is like most industries. I wanted so bad to have the union broken and realistic benefits paid.

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