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BART fares to increase by 10% on 1 January 2004

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  • 12/12 BART Press Release
    Published Friday, December 12, 2003, as a BART press release BART Fares to Go up January 2004 Effective Thursday, January 1, 2004, BART fares will increase by
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 12, 2003
      Published Friday, December 12, 2003, as a BART press release

      BART Fares to Go up January 2004

      Effective Thursday, January 1, 2004, BART fares will increase by 10
      percent, according to BART officials who want to remind riders of the

      According to BART Board President Pete Snyder, this is the second
      increase in the transit system's fares in eight years. The last
      increase was in January 2003 for five percent. Previous fare increases
      in the mid-1990s were dedicated to helping fund BART's $1.2 billion
      system-wide renovation program. That program included rebuilding the
      transit system's original fleet of 439 transit cars, replacement
      and/or rebuilding of 120 escalators, the overhaul of 60 elevators,
      improvements to the storage yard, and maintenance shops to increase
      transit car availability for service each morning, and all new fare
      vending equipment and fare gates.

      Snyder said that the 2003 and 2004 increases, while still lower than
      the inflation rate for the same eight-year time period, were necessary
      to make up significant operating deficits the transit system faces,
      and avoid reductions in service.

      "Costs have been going up while revenue was going down," he
      said. "Major increases have been seen in both health care and energy

      Snyder said the deficits were primarily due to the downturn in the
      economy over the past three years, which has had a negative impact on
      BART's two major sources of income, reduced farebox revenue, (as a
      result of a decline in ridership) and less than anticipated sales tax
      receipts in the three BART counties, of which BART receives 75 percent
      of 1/2 percent.

      When the fiscal-year-2004 budget was adopted last May, BART was facing
      a $38.8 million deficit. Through aggressive cost controls, which saved
      $15.2 million, and the elimination of 126 positions combined with the
      10 percent fare increase scheduled for January 2004, BART was able to
      bring the budget in line with resources and maintain existing levels
      and quality of service.

      BART General Manager Thomas Margro noted that the transit system's
      almost completed $1.2 billion renovation program has contributed to
      the savings the system has managed to achieve through reduced need for

      With the 10 percent increase, the minimum fare will increase from
      $1.15 to $1.25, which is closer to the cash fares of other Bay Area
      operators such as A.C. Transit ($1.50), San Francisco Muni, ($1.25),
      and SamTrans ($1.25). BART's high value tickets will continue to be
      purchased at a $6.25 percent discount through Tickets To Go vendor,
      located around the region. A brochure listing the vendors and their
      locations may be obtained at all BART stations. Seniors, People with
      disabilities, and children 5-12 will continue to receive a 75 percent
      discount. Children up through the age of four ride free.
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