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BART explores a new fare increase

Original post made by common sense, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Feb 14, 2013

I read recently BART is hoping to get a 5% fare increase. I would ride BART more often if only there were enough parking spaces, most every day the Dublin lot is full. The NUMBER ONE priority for BART should be to increase parking availablity. More Parking equates to more ridership and reduced fares. Maybe not reduced fares, but not as frequent fare increases.

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Posted by AND they want to increase Parking costs
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2013 at 10:38 am

They are making an operating profit,
yet people who live in the suburbs, who pay more based on distance cannot ride because the free parking that was promised is not there.
Self Serving?
At the Dublin station BARTD sold the existing ground level parking to a developer.
They seem to think that the people who will live in the "instant slum" apartments there can ride BART, but will not have cars to park. The claim was since there was supposed to be a Livermore station, Dublin is NOT the end of the line.
They also promised voters the BARTD would go to Livermore, took the money to build
AND there'd be comfortable seats for all. Originally they left off the straps, now full of Strap hangers.


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Posted by Josey
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2013 at 10:39 am

Once again BART is proposing raising fares while they just keep raising the wages and benefits of their employees. Given the caliber of most of these employees, their compensation is outrageous. Government is sucking the life out of cities, the state, and our nation.


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Posted by Wheels leaves just wrong
a resident of Danbury Park
on Feb 15, 2013 at 10:41 am

One thing that would help is if the Wheels bus would NOT leave just as the BARTD train comes in, forcing people who try to use it to wait 20 or 30 minutes for the next one. One reason most would rather drive. Not to mention the rude drivers.

And what's happening with the new more confusing No. 8?
- why doesn't it leave from the same place as the alternate: No. 10?


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Posted by Maria
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

The parking wouldn't be such a huge issue if both BART stations weren't surrounded by businesses that will tow your car if you park there--and this includes the mall as well! One day, I was forced to park in one of the spaces on the very fringes of the mall parking lot, due to the fact that I was running behind, it was 8:00 and the permit parking wouldn't open up til 10:00, so I was stuck (although maybe I should've parked in the permit area and paid the fine-- I got towed and it set me back about $300!). I learned my lesson and I make sure to get there no later than 7:30, but you'd think that BART would get the hint and remedy the situation-- think of how many more customers they'd have.


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Posted by Tomas
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 15, 2013 at 10:06 pm

We hit the sore spot with this subject. Over the last year, my wife and I lost multiple ticket reservations in SF due to the fact we could not park in the Dublin/Pleasanton or Stoneridge parking lots after 10am weekday. We have driven around for over an hour seeking a spot at both locations (how much fuel lost in this endeavor?). Ultimately, we gave up on more than one occasion. What a travesty!
We rarely use BART anymore, and suggest to our friends that unless public transit is available to them (which it isn't to many,including us), they just drive into the city. Our tax dollars at work?
What a shame such a noble cause as BART has been doomed by short sighted parking planning, or at the very least lack of better public transit.
Raise fares? What a classic knee jerk reaction to a self serving problem. Gee, maybe raise sales taxes while you are at it!!!


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

May I suggest that car parking wouldn't be an issue if the public transportation serving the areas from which residents access BART were adequate?

Mike


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Posted by obumba
a resident of another community
on Feb 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

permission granted!