Prepare to Pay More to Ride an Already Miserably Crowded BART Train
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.
Empty your pockets, please
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.
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.