A major reason BART wants to install new fare gates is that currently 5% to 6% of its riders evade paying fares, costing the transit system $25 million to $30 million a year.
BART Board President Bevan Dufty said, "Unchecked fare evasion is an Achilles heel for us because we depend on fares," as the transit system gets 67% of its revenues from fares, unlike other agencies that depend more on subsidies than fares.
The only catch with the plan to use swing-style gates is that BART hasn't yet identified where it will get the estimated $150 million needed to build and install them.
BART also considered floor-to-ceiling gates, which critics described as an "iron maiden" style, similar to the gates used in the New York City subway system. But many BART directors said it would be difficult for people who use wheelchairs to get through the floor-to-ceiling gates.
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