BART launching perks program for off-peak commutes

Goal is to shift enough riders to equal a 10-car train load

BART is launching a program offering cash rewards for riders who commute to work outside of the busiest hours.

The "BART Perks" program will award riders who opt in points for each mile they travel on BART. But they can earn up to six times as many points by starting their trip during bonus hours, either from 6:30-7:30 a.m. or from 8:30-9:30 a.m., BART director Gail Murray said.

The points can be traded for small cash rewards or used to play the "Spin to Win" game, where players can earn even more points or cash.

During the pilot BART will pay up to $50,000 each month, depending on participation. The funds will come from a federal grant, BART operating funds and San Francisco's half-cent transportation sales tax.

BART will be looking to employers to allow employees to shift their schedules and help get the word out. The agency is hoping that 10,000 people join the perks program and 1,200 people shift their commute, the equivalent of a 10-car train.

"Our goal is to see if we can shift riders to less crowded times, which will improve everyone's experience on BART," Murray said. "It can also improve BART's on-time performance during the rush since trains will have shorter dwell times at each station due to less crowding.

Participants can sign up for the program at using their email address and Clipper Card number.

-- Bay City News Service

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Posted by Herman Glates
a resident of Danville
on Sep 1, 2016 at 7:26 am

Herman Glates is a registered user.

BART is paying people to do something they probably would’ve done anyway.

Notice how the article points out that the funds come from a federal grant, as if that makes everything ok. Where did the federal government get the funds?

Stop wasting money.

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