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BART proposes to use surplus to improve service and cleanliness

Original post made on Apr 16, 2012

BART officials said that they plan to use a projected budget surplus of $30 million to $35 million for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 for service improvements, new seats and new floors in existing rail cars and other needs.

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Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Apr 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

"BART's staff also proposes ........ a number of other initiatives such as increasing staffing in the agency's disadvantaged business enterprise program and a variety of
technology needs."
What are these costs and projects???
Are they a crucial and necessary part of BART's primary mission of meeting transportation needs?

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Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Apr 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm

"Sales tax revenues are expected to increase by 5 percent,...."

"......... transit agency officials cautioned that the agency still faces a $7.5 billion shortfall in its capital needs over the next 25 years."

Is BART ever going to try to stand on its own two feet and support itself from its ticket fees (just as other businesses have to do)? Or is it going to be subsidized forever by "sales tax revenues"?

If you are facing a "$7.5 BILLION shortfall", do you really have surpluses that are available for spending?

Why doesn't BART GIVE THE MONEY BACK TO THE TAXPAYERS until it really needs it!?! Let the taxpayers decide what to do with their own funds......maybe pay their mortgages!