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BART fares set for 3.4% increase

Part of biennial hikes to support system safety and reliability, agency says

BART passengers can expect to pay more for a ride in 2016 as fares are set to increase around 3.4% starting Friday.

The increase is part of an inflation-based formula BART adopted in 2003 to assist with the billions of dollars the agency needs to keep the system running safely and reliably.

Under the formula, fares will be increased at the start of every even-number year through 2020.

BART's board of directors voted to dedicate all the money from the increases to its top priority projects, including new train cars, a new train control system and the Hayward Maintenance Complex.

Fares were last raised at the start of 2014 with a 5.2% increase.

BART officials said the 2016 increase is estimated to generate $15 million annually, in addition to the $20 million the 2014 increase generated annually.

The minimum BART fare, which is currently at $1.85, will rise to $1.95 come the new year on Friday morning.

Details on the planned increase are available at online along with a chart indicating the increases per ride in 2016.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Kris
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 30, 2015 at 9:52 am

It's amazing how BART keeps on raising the fares with no regard to providing any improvement in service. The fares are getting increased more than the inflation, the parking rates are getting increased and one wonders where all the money is going. Earlier, the excuse for increase in fares was due to low ridership, but now that the ridership has increased or reached to the dot com days, they are still complaining. The train cars are antiquated, filthy and dirty, the train stations are worse than a dump yard, the speakers on the train cars are useless, the stations are not safe anymore, in most cases the elevators do not work. What's more surprising is that once in a while, one hears BART announcement that "all elevators are working" -- as if it's a great achievement. Why can't BART provide rest room facilities in more stations that's clean and neat? Shouldn't they be doing it as part of the service and the fee is charged to enter the station?

May be, they should look at NY subways or Japan or other places -- where the trains are spic and span, runs on time.


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Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Dec 30, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Talk about a high priority--how about MORE PARKING!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is nothing worse than trying to use BART and finding no where to park within a mile.
Idiots!
Get your priorities straight!

Hey, wouldn't we all like to have a guaranteed increase in our income for the rest of our lives--no matter what. One more "governmental" entity with holes in its pockets.


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Posted by Richy
a resident of Diablo
on Dec 30, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Um, have you seen the salaries of Bart employees ? We need to pay inflated salaries with inflated ticket prices and parking fees. That's it in a nutshell.


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Posted by Long term resident
a resident of Danville
on Dec 31, 2015 at 9:46 am

As we learned during the last strike, BART employees are amongst the highest paid transit workers in the United States (and probably world fo that matter). Their contract is held up by other transit unions as the "gold standard" for which other unions aspire to. Wages are excessive and benefits are too. Not only were they already in that position of envy by other unions, they managed to extort more wage increases during the last contract negotiation. We are all paying the price. Money that should be going towards new trains and infrastructure improvements is paid in excessive salaries and benefits instead.

I ftravel all over the world and I can tell you that BART is far from world class. I'm glad we have it, and I wish there were systems in Places like Los Angeles and Houston. However, places like Singapore, London, Bangkok, Shanghai, Tokyo, etc. all have systems that are more affordable and far superior to BART.

One of the inherent problems with government or public utility unions is that the people representing management are negotiating with our money (the public) and have little incentive to manage costs or make a profit. The union officials know that and are pretty much able to get whatever they want. In the case of BART, they just keep raising fares to pay for the increased salary and benefits.


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