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BART looks at raising fares, cutting service

Original post made on Jan 18, 2009

Faced with a projected budget shortfall of up to $90 million over the next 18 months, Bay Area Rapid Transit officials are considering service cuts, higher fares, higher parking fees and other options as a way of balancing their budget.

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2009 at 5:56 pm

This is terrible. Makes me glad that I don't have to take public transportation anymore. I would like to know what percentage of BART riders have had an increase in salary to help pay for the increased costs. Just keep pushing the costs and budget problems onto individuals, yeah that will turn things around.

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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2009 at 8:32 pm

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I ride BART and still find it cheaper than driving. When I use Amtrak to get up to Davis/Sacramento area I take BART from Pleasanton to Oakland and it's a little over six bucks, round trip. A few more cents isn't going to stop most people from riding. Now if it was ten bucks round trip I probably would start looking into driving. Most people, like myself I assume too, find BART a convience. People that I know who take BART to work from the Tri Valley say they are still saving a lot of money by using public transportation- round trip for a month is somewhere around 20 to 40 bucks, depending on where one is going, comparing that to 40 bucks for gas in one week.

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Posted by bel
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 18, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Somehow I doubt raising fares is going to help, probably will decrease the amount of riders. Don't stores use a sale to bring customers in? maybe having discount days, or offering discounts on larger denomination tickets (encouraging frequent riders) would be smarter.

Train wraps do sound better than passing costs off on riders.

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Posted by How ride Bardt?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 19, 2009 at 10:41 am

Can you ever believe BARTD?
When BARTD was proposed they promised a comfortable seat for everyone, no standees (so they originally installed no straps or grips) and free parking- so people could park and ride.

If they raise the price, and cut the service, fewer will ride.
How about building the Livermore station that was promised, that Livermore has been paying taxes for for over a quarter of a century, but still doesn't have.

Q. How does parking in Pleasanton work, now that they have the new (ugly) parking structure in Dublin? I was offered a lift to SF, but would need to leave my car there, so I could return on BARTD.
But I was told I could not park there, could not even pay for parking, because the pay points were beyond the entrance gates. The buses do not come close and appear to be timed to just miss the electric trains.

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2009 at 11:59 pm

To PTown (the post after my original one)

For many people, the cost isn't the only consideration in deciding whether or not to take BART or drive. I quit taking BART because, at the time, there was no way to get a parking spot unless I arrived at the station before 7:15am. If I arrived after that, there was almost no chance at finding a space in the BART lot which is a problem since there's no street parking nearby. the only other alternative was paying a fee to get a "commuter space". The whole thing kind of defeated one purpose of taking BARt in the first place, was so that I didn't have to leave work as early because of traffic on 580. when I had to wake up just as early to catch the train I decided for me that it wasn't worth it.

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