Published Thursday, May 12, 2005, by Bay City News
SamTrans wants two BART stations closed on weekends
SamTrans officials want to close the South San Francisco and San Bruno
Bay Area Rapid Transit stations on weekends as a way of saving money,
BART General Manager Tom Margro told his agency's board of directors
at their meeting today.
Under the proposal, BART trains would continue to run along the
Peninsula to the San Francisco International Airport and Millbrae
stations on weekends but would pass through the South San Francisco
and San Bruno stations without stopping, he said.
SamTrans would achieve a cost savings because it pays for all of the
costs associated with the BART extension to the airport and Millbrae,
Closing the stations would generally be revenue-neutral for BART,
he said. The only potential savings would be minimal reductions in
energy, maintenance and labor costs at the two stations, Margro said.
The boards of both SamTrans and BART must approve the proposal before
it could be implemented. Margro said further discussions would be
held between the two transit agencies.
He said he doesn't agree with all aspects of the station closure
proposal, but he didn't specify which parts of it he doesn't like.
BART board President Joel Keller said, "Some ideas in the proposal
are good, but some are bad."
SamTrans officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
Margro said SamTrans board members discussed the proposal at their
meeting Wednesday night.