Prepare to Pay More to Ride an Already Miserably Crowded BART Train

Categories: BART

Empty your pockets, please
It seems that last year's record ridership on BART didn't do much for us passengers: Not only are the trains still unbearably crowded, but those additional bodies haven't staved off fare increases.

BART informed the public that it's now proposing a 5.2 percent fare increase for 2014, raising the average fare by 18 cents.

You're doubly screwed if you drive and ride; BART plans to increase the price of parking by 50 cents every six months at some of the busiest stations.

Don't worry, you'll have the chance to vent at a meeting tomorrow, so don't take this out on your family.

See Also: Here's What BART Is Doing About Those Miserably Crowded Trains

We might as well give you all the bad news now: BART fares will probably increase also in 2016, 2018, and 2020. All of these potential fare hikes could pump in some $321 million through 2021.

In any event, if you want to grouse about it, head down to the BART Board Room, located at 344 20th St. in Oakland, at 9 a.m. tomorrow. BART's board of directors will be there to receive your comments and complaints.

If you can't skip work, feel free to write down your thoughts and sent them to Kenneth A. Duron, District Secretary, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, 300 Lakeside Drive Oakland, CA, 94612. He'll also be there to pass your feelings along to the appropriate decision-makers.

See you on BART.




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njudah
njudah topcommenter

To all the whiners who are being bold and leaving SF : Please do so ASAP and with our blessing. More room for the rest of us!

Angela Leong
Angela Leong

if that dude can open a book and read it, doesn't look crowded to me!

Dan Buskirk
Dan Buskirk

Nobody uses BART anymore, it's too crowded.

Russell Blank
Russell Blank

Seriously? People are complaining that too many people use BART? That the cost of a ticket ($1.75) is too high if we have to sit, or heaven forbid stand, next to other people. And then in the comments section, folks preferred the city when there was a homeless encampment outside city hall? (Admittedly I miss all the folks who moved to PDX too but... c'mon). When the cost of BART surpasses the cost of a slice at Blondie's or Escape from NY Pizza then we can all start bitching: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_York_Pizza_Connection

Honey Katherine Badger
Honey Katherine Badger

Moving out? Okay. See ya! Huzzah! but wait... you'll really be dependent on Bart to visit one of the most amazing cities in the world.

Anna  Lee
Anna Lee

Everyone on the BART board needs to be fired. It's so mismanaged! We need more trains!

Marc Escuro
Marc Escuro

Why do people act soooo surprised when BART raises prices?? These are scheduled fare hikes! Remember, BART also delayed fare hikes at one point as well. Yes, it sucks, but BART has to maintain the oldest trains in the country until the new ones enter service. Life isn't free, ya know!!?

Victoria Savage
Victoria Savage

I agree with Robert. I can't wait to get out of here too!

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

So glad we had that talk last night about how it's finally time to start thinking about moving out of SF. What a shithole this town has become since 1986 (it was still good and affordable until the dot com influx ruined it).

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