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BART officials get pay hikes as fares go up 5%

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    Published Thursday, January 9, 2003, in the Oakland Tribune Officials get pay hikes as BART fares go up By Sean Holstege Staff Writer As BART passengers adjust
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 13, 2003
      Published Thursday, January 9, 2003, in the Oakland Tribune

      Officials get pay hikes as BART fares go up

      By Sean Holstege
      Staff Writer

      As BART passengers adjust to paying 5 percent more to ride trains,
      the transit agency's boss is getting a 5 percent pay hike, and a
      complete compensation package that boosts his income 21 percent.

      BART General Manager Tom Margro now earns $275,473, up from $228,620
      last year.

      In addition to a 5 percent raise voted on by the BART Board at its
      last meeting of 2002, Margro got $18,300 from a spot bonus and an
      additional scheme of BART's $363 million operating budget, it comes
      after BART's toughest year in its 30-year history.

      Patronage fell from an all-time high of close to 340,000 riders a day
      to a current figure of around 305,000.

      Strike averted

      In the fall of 2001, the transit district narrowly averted a strike
      by awarding its train operators, mechanics, station agents and office
      workers 22 percent raises over four years.

      Rising labor costs and sharp drops in ridership and sales tax
      revenues have forced BART to raise fares for the first time since
      1995, establish parking charges and cut the number and length of
      trains.

      Seismic repair bill

      Last fall, voters in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties
      narrowly defeated BART's request for property taxes to pay a $1
      billion seismic repair bill.


      Contact Sean Holstege at sholstege@...
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