Commuter Alert: BART fares increase 3.4% for 2016

Agency plans fare increase at start of every even-number year through 2020

BART passengers will pay more for a ride today with fares increased around 3.4% starting New Year's Day.

The increase was part of an inflation-based formula BART adopted in 2003 to assist with the billions of dollars the agency needs to keep the system running safely and reliably.

Under the formula, fares will be increased at the start of every even-number year through 2020.

BART's board of directors voted to dedicate all the money from the increases to its top priority projects, including new train cars, a new train control system and the Hayward Maintenance Complex.

Fares were last raised at the start of 2014 with a 5.2% increase.

BART officials said the 2016 increase is estimated to generate $15 million annually, in addition to the $20 million the 2014 increase generated annually.

The minimum BART fare, which is currently at $1.85, will rise to $1.95 come the new year on Friday morning.

Details on the planned increase are available at online along with a chart indicating the increases per ride in 2016.

— Bay City News Service

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4 people like this
Posted by woggut
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm

Google, GM/Lyft and others can do self driving cars on uncontrolled freeways, why can't we have self driving BART trains (like Sweden) and save $$$ ? Train operators remind me of how it took 20 years to get FasTrak going and retire an army of toll takers.

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jan 5, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Only in socialist Bay Area do rates go up when the economy is growing at less than 2%. Water rates are going up 31.5%, garage rates increasing all to feed unions and pensions.

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Posted by Registered Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2016 at 7:48 pm

Anytime we choose to eliminate the lock the various unions have on jobs, salaries, benefits, pensions, and politicians, we can elect a set of representatives with backbones that are interested in furthering efficiency and making infrastructure work, as opposed to their own reelections.

Steve Glazer and Catharine Baker were good starts.

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Most inefficient transit system I have ever ridden on and the fares and parking fees keep going up and the poor excuses keep getting more far fetched!!! Where are our new cars and what happened to the Livermore station, why are they selling Bart property that we bought for parking and turning it into condos?? Maybe Livermore should quit paying into Bart maybe that would get somebody's attention??? Easy for all the cry babies to blame it on the unions, how about starting at the top, who made all the bad decisions over all these years that wide open checkbook only hurt the rest of us, I'm betting the big shots don't even have to ride Bart.

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