Low ridership may force BART SFO extension cut
- Published Friday, September 12, 2003, in the Redwood City Daily News
Low ridership may force closure of BART's extension to airport
The Bay Area Rapid Transit airport extension could be forced to shut
down if additional funding isn't found, a San Mateo County Transit
District official said.
Mary Janney, the vice chair of the San Mateo County Transit District,
said lower than anticipated usage of the extension has meant that it
appears money will run out before the next fiscal year. Without
money, the trains can't operate, Janney said.
There's a "grave concern about running out of money," Janney said.
The district has said it's not interested in coming up with more
money than the $6 million it has already pledged. Just a few months
into this fiscal year, which began July 1, most of that money has
already been spent.
With the current state of the economy, it may be difficult for BART
to come up with additional funding.
"It's not a pretty economic picture right now," Janney said.
Layoffs that have hit local businesses, including those at the
airport, mean there are fewer commuters on BART than expected.
Ridership numbers are down on most public transportation systems, as
Janney said BART may need to scale back the frequency of its trains
of the extension.
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