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BART calling for emergency funding support amid ridership decline

Original post made on Mar 18, 2020

BART officials have called for emergency local, state and federal funding support as the transit agency hemorrhages money and ridership due to fears of spreading the novel coronavirus.

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Posted by Mitchel
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 18, 2020 at 4:27 pm

BART in financial trouble again? They are asking for $55 million to pay 1 month's losses (about 10% of the ENTIRE Corona-virus 19 budget in California). How about they all take a pay cut and reduce employee head count like I am doing for my employees.

Government agencies with their hands out while the rest of us lay off employees and go without.

It is probably too much to think they will tighten their Union contract purse strings to cover their losses. What are they going to do if they don't get the extra money? Go on strike?

Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 18, 2020 at 5:50 pm

They’re categorized as an essential service, they have already reduced service and commuter extras, and they can’t exactly reduce cleaning staff.

Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 18, 2020 at 8:40 pm

BART has always been a bottomless pit. Once they are subsidized for this they will be coming back for raises, pensions, and other increases by June. Sure would like to see what the $55 million pays for- line item by line item. Tired though of them repeating their go to phrase: It’s for your safety.

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