Starting Jan. 1, BART will raise fares on paper tickets by 50 cents, and it will also reduce the discount for youth passes in order to afford extending the discount to youth up to age 18 (it is currently age 12).
In addition, riders will face a 2.7-percent across-the-board, inflation-based fare increase taking effect Jan. 1, 2018.
The decisions were approved by the BART board of directors on Thursday as part of $1.92 billion fiscal year 2018 budget, which “prudently controls expenses in the face of a 3-percent decline in ridership,” according to BART.
The hike in paper ticket prices is aimed at getting more riders to use Clipper cards. Over the next half-year, BART plans to modify at least one ticket vending machine in each station to vend Clipper cards.
As for the youth passes, in order to afford extending them to youth up to age 18, the discount is being reduced from 62.5-percent to 50-percent starting Jan. 1, according to BART.
Children under 5 still ride for free.
For more information on BART’s budget, including strategies on cleanliness, fare evasion and capital projects, go here.