Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 10, 2014

BART fares rise 5% as 2014 commuting gets underway

New price to pay for equipment, expansion

by Jeb Bing

BART passengers started their first week of commuting in the new year with fares up an average of 5%.

The fare hike, which is expected to average an extra 19 cents per ride, will help pay for new train cars, a new train control system, and improvements to a maintenance facility in Hayward that will help support future BART expansion to the South Bay, according to spokeswoman Alicia Trost.

"We understand no one wants to pay higher fares but riders should know this money can only be spent on these identified projects, which will benefit passengers," Trost said in a statement.

The minimum BART fare, which was at $1.75, will rise to $1.85.

The increase is part of an "inflation-based" increase schedule that has been in effect for a decade, and is expected to raise around $325 million over the next six years, Trost said.

BART's last fare increase was in July 2012.

In San Francisco, Muni also is increasing the price of its 1-, 3- and 7-Day Visitor Passports. The price for each went up $1 yesterday.

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