Apr 8, 2015
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BART plans to increase fares by 3.4-percent in January 2016.

The increase is part of an inflation-based program to fund the agency’s capital needs, BART said.

In 2013, BART’s board voted to increase fares every even-numbered year through 2020, with the condition that the additional ticket revenue goes specifically toward replacing and expanding the agency’s fleet of rail cars and improving its automated train control system and maintenance facility.

The amount of the increase is determined by averaging national and local cost of living data over a two-year period, then subtracting 0.5-percent to account for BART’s productivity improvements. the agency said.

BART is seeking input from riders about the fare increase. Click here for more information and to take an online survey.

Or comment via by sending mail:

Office of Civil Rights

300 Lakeside Drive, Suite 1600, Oakland, CA 94612

Fax: (510) 464-7587; Phone: (510) 464-6752; Email: fares@bart.gov

Send comments by Friday, April 28.


  1. Fares are already pricing the service out of affordability. It costs me twice as much to ride BART to work now as it does to drive and takes twice as long. Perhaps instead of raising fares, they should do a deep dive investigation into the overtime/sick leave game. Fact: a BART employee can be out sick for two days, come in and work three ten hour days and get overtime for 6 of those hours despite the fact they only worked three days and not even a 40 hour week. Fact: 516 employees or 1/6th of the entire BART union earned $20,000 or more in overtime in 2014. Fact:: 103 of the total BART employees received overtime in excess of $50,000 Fact: 30 BART employees earned over $70,000 in overtime in 2014 Fact 624 BART employees earned $140,000 in 2014 FACT 454 BART employees earned more than $150,000 in 2014 FACT 329 BART employees earned more than $160,000 in 2014 FACT 232 BART employees earned over $170,000 in 2014 FACT 124 BART employees earned $190,000 in 2014 FACT 103 BART employees earned more than $200,000 in 2014 FACT 20 BART employees earned more than $250,000 in 2014, FACT the top earning BART employees in 2014 had a cumulative salary of over $2 MILLION FACT the top 3 BART employee salaries are in excess of $300,000 each totaling $1MILLION alone! FACT all these figures are for normal union BART employees, not the executives. So before the BART board of directors chooses to jack up rates, perhaps they should do a little salary and earning adjustments internally –

    david ernst | Apr 8th, 2015

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