BART hikes fines for parking illegally at station lots

$35 fines go to $55 effective Jan. 2; permit space violators to face $75 fines

People caught parking illegally at BART lots around the Bay Area will face stiffer fines in the New Year, according to the transit system.

Starting next Monday, people who park in daily spots without paying will be subject to $55 fines, which is up from the current $35 penalty.

Drivers who park illegally in spaces that require parking permits could be forking out $75, up from the current $40 ticket.

"If you take the time and expense to buy one of those permits, we want to protect that," BART spokesman Chris Filippi said. "We want people to

pay their fair share."

The idea is to make the fine more painful than the potential benefit of being a parking scofflaw. Many BART riders were finding the combined cost of a bridge toll and, for example, a parking spot in San Francisco was heftier than the potential fine amounts issued by BART.

"They were saying, 'I'd rather pay that (BART) fine than a bridge toll and for parking in downtown San Francisco," Filippi said. "We wanted to raise (the fines) to a new level where that choice is no longer attractive."

In addition to the new fine amounts, people who rack up five or more citations within one calendar year will face an additional $100 penalty, while people with 10 or more will be fined and additional $150.

The fine for using a falsified permit or using a permit fraudulently will be set at $150.

BART has 47,000 parking spaces systemwide and about 12,000 of those are monthly or daily permit spots, Filippi said.

The cheapest permits cost $84 a month, the majority are $105 and the most expensive are parking permits at the West Oakland Station, which cost $220.50 a month, Filippi said.

The waiting lists for acquiring a parking permit can be very long and include thousands of people at some stations.

The BART Board of Directors approved the new fines in February.

Daily parking rates also went up twice at a few stations this year, including West Oakland, where it now costs $8.50 a day to park; Hayward, where it costs $2.50, and Richmond, where parking costs $3 a day.

The Concord and North Concord stations also saw parking rates increase to $2.50 this year and parking at the Coliseum station increased to


The parking rates are based on supply-and-demand and are re-evaluated every six months by BART officials. The system has a policy not to raise the rates above $3 per day, except in the highly desirable West Oakland station.

BART currently has no plans to add new parking spots, except at the North Concord Station, Filippi said.

That could change, however, as BART leadership considers spending priorities for Measure RR, the $3.5 billion regional bond measure voters approved in November to help improve BART's transit infrastructure.

Kiley Russell, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

We can't do it without you.
Support local journalism.


9 people like this
Posted by Bart Rider
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Dec 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm

I wish BART would find a way to issue some more of those monthly passes. I've been on the wait list for two years and I'm still at number 610 on the waiting list. The parking lots and garages fill up before 8am and that only leaves those monthly parking pass spaces they are talking about raising fines for. We simply need more BART parking in Pleasanton/Dublin.

9 people like this
Posted by res1
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Dec 22, 2016 at 1:40 pm

How about BART puts in enough parking so those of us who pay taxes for BART can actually find a parking place and use the service. Stations at the end of any lines especially need more parking since the parking is not just used from that community but rather those outside the service area.

7 people like this
Posted by Registered Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 22, 2016 at 2:40 pm

BART isn't going to add new spaces. Realistically, it's not possible for them to do so, so as much as I dislike it that there's no place to park, I can't really blame them. I take Uber back and forth to the station. Uber fares + BART fees are still a better deal than driving to SF and parking. Perhaps is the extension to Livermore is completed, that will lessen the load on Pleasanton parking since it will no longer be the end of the line.

5 people like this
Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Dec 22, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Don't count on any new parking spaces, Bart is too busy selling all the empty lots that we bought for them to put parking on. We've come a long way from where we started with promises of plenty of trains, plenty of free parking, clean stations and clean trains! Bart has pretty much hit bottom with a multitude of stupid mistakes, how about getting some kind of a civilian oversight committee to override those BUMS running Bart. You don't think the people running pleasanton are the same people running Bart, Hmmmmm, it sure would explain a lot of things going on around here behind our backs!!

6 people like this
Posted by Jim Van Dyke
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Dec 23, 2016 at 9:25 am

As a 2017 New Year's resolution, why not ride your bike to BART? It's what people in much colder, windier cities in Europe do every day, rain, snow or shine. There's ample bike parking at BART right at the turnstile entrance, The Iron Horse Trail takes may Pleasantonians right there, it's safe with a good U-lock and cable, and you'll build a few minutes of reduced-stress health into each day (while feeling good about making the air cleaner). WIth our abundant sunshine, it's almost always a great option. It takes a bit of getting used to but a layer of clothing is all you need in the winter and any bike shop can help with racks, lights, fenders or whatever you need to convert a dusty old bike into a great commuter.

1 person likes this
Posted by Biking
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Dec 26, 2016 at 12:19 am

Yes, let's bike. That works perfectly for the injured, disabled, elderly, and ill. Let's let them stand all the way to SF and back too...what, only the obviously disabled and elderly can use those eight special seats?

The fact is that the system is too popular, and now is running into the same problem the freeways have: the load exceeds what it was designed for.

None of us really know if BART can fix its problems. It might not be able to because it can't politically raise fairs or taxes enough to.

2 people like this
Posted by Okaly
a resident of Amador Estates
on Dec 26, 2016 at 7:15 am

Must be a lot of disabled, Ill, elderly and injured driving to Bart to use up all of those parking spaces. Are they all driving?

Like this comment
Posted by BART may never Run to Livermore
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 27, 2016 at 9:47 am

It was probably just a scam to get money for a whole system that was never built.
They have been collecting taxes for over 40 years from Livermore residents.
AND they received funding to build the track and the station.
But now they claim they need more Studies- just another delaying tactic.
But somehow they ARE extending BART to Fremont, and San Jose- areas that voted NOT to join and who have NOT payed all those years.

BARTD sold the land they bought for parking near the original Pleasanton Station, now built up as Instant Slums, Stack and Pack apartments,
with not enough parking even for the new residents.

They gave away the right of way to the never installed Livermore Station, down the freeway for Lexus Lanes,
and they tried to sell off the land in Livermore.

Originally BARTD cars had no grab bars, for standees- they promised a comfortable seat for everyone.
Now without riders input, they are going to remove seats so more can stand.

Yes, they promised adequate free parking for all.
How can you tell when they are lying?
Maybe just if their lips are moving?

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Don't be the last to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Couples: Mirror, Mirror on the . . . Fight?!
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,102 views

Talking sports and life with Tommy Dyer
By Tim Hunt | 0 comments | 700 views