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BART board approves new fare hikes

Original post made on Jun 18, 2019

The BART Board of Directors reversed course last week and approved three fare hikes following initial disagreement on fare increases.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 17, 2019, 1:51 PM

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Posted by Long Term Resident
a resident of Danville
on Jun 18, 2019 at 9:26 am

BART is another example of mismanagement of funds by a California agency. First, a "temporary" 0.50% sales tax was added in BART regions in the late 1960's to help fund BART until it was up and running, and self-supporting. That tax remains today. Second, multiple BART bonds have been passed over the past 40 years, yet we see little improvement in infrastructure, trains, service, etc. The last bond was a few years ago for $3.9 Billion and was supposed to be used solely for new trains and equipment, not salaries. Where has that money gone? BART continues to raise fares with a total disregard for the public. They are also eliminating precious parking spots in various locations to build "transit hubs" which will line their pockets with rent, but do little of ridership. Last year, I heard about a survey in which they estimated BART is losing $14 million per year from gate crashers and the lack of enforcement by gate agents. That is appalling.

Most of my friends will no longer ride BART as the system is deemed unsafe and filthy. In many respects, the system has become a mobile homeless shelter with panhandlers, drugs, fights, etc. That probably explains the drop in ridership which is quoted in the article. I certainly avoid BART and don't let any family members take it during off-hours.

In the article, it is stated that the budget includes $943.7 million to pay the agencies roughly 3400 employees. If you do the math, that works out to about $278,000 per employee!! I assume that includes pension, medical care, and any other benefits. Regardless, it is out of line for an agency where many of the jobs only require a high school degree or GED.

I have been fortunate and travelled all over the world. I have been on public transit systems in cities like Singapore, London, Moscow, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Boston, Seoul, Frankfurt, Paris, etc. None of them are as expensive as BART and most all are cleaner, more efficient, and better systems. We clearly aren't getting a world class system even though we are paying way beyond what others pay.


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