Published Thursday, May 13, 2004, as a BART press release
BART & SamTrans Reach Agreement on San Mateo County Extension
BART and SamTrans jointly announced today that an agreement has been
reached between the two agencies to resolve some recent issues
involving service levels and operating costs.
The agreement calls for SamTrans to continue to pay for the operating
costs of the extension and for BART to institute some enhancements to
service on the line.
The two agencies have also joined forces to form a strong marketing
program to build ridership. The marketing program was recently
launched with a direct mail campaign targeting 128,000 households in
northern San Mateo County. Included in the direct mailings, were an
informational packet and a promotional $15 BART ticket to encourage
people to ride BART. The ticket expires May 20.
Additionally, the two agencies will explore a joint ticket for
SamTrans, Caltrain and BART riders over the next year and a long-term
parking program. "I think we've made some really good progress
working together," said BART General Manager Thomas Margro. "I'm
pleased with the results." [BATN: No doubt. BART _never_ gets the
short end of the Bay Area transportation financing stick.]
In the meantime, BART and SamTrans have pledged to meet regularly to
review performance and resolve any issues that may arise. Both
agencies have agreed not to pursue legal action in the coming fiscal
year, which begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2005.
BART Media & Public Affairs
Linton Johnson, 510-464-7139 Work
[BATN: See also:
BART gives away $15 tickets to lure SMCo. riders