BART to increase service this summer, offer discount in September

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BART reducing service starting Monday as ridership declines 90 percent
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BART will return to near pre-pandemic service levels and hours starting Aug. 30, 2021, and will offer 50 percent discounts on all Clipper fare types for all of September as a promotion, the transit agency announced this week.

Before June 15, the agency will also add 26 trains during weekday commute hours, providing 15-minute frequencies on lines with the highest ridership, and 15 trains on Saturdays.

Starting Aug. 30 and potentially through February 2022, the transit agency will expand hours to close at midnight six days a week (currently it closes at 9 p.m. weekdays); reduce the wait time between trains on weekdays back to 15 minutes from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. with 30-min frequency from 8 p.m. to midnight; and return to five-route service and 6 a.m. opening on Saturday with added trains during peak hours for 15-minute frequency.

“Increasing train service, reprioritizing traditional cleaning methods, and boosting visible safety staff dedicated to riding trains are among the initiatives prioritized in BART’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget planning,” the transit agency said.

The BART Board of Directors is expected to formally vote on the budget for next fiscal year next month.

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