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Bleeding cash, BART board votes to raise fares

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    Published Friday, May 27, 2005, in the San Francisco Business Times Bleeding cash, BART board votes to raise fares The Bay Area Rapid Transit board of
    Message 1 of 1 , May 28, 2005
      Published Friday, May 27, 2005, in the San Francisco Business Times

      Bleeding cash, BART board votes to raise fares

      The Bay Area Rapid Transit board of directors voted in a fiscal year
      2006 budget Thursday that raises fares, adds fees for parking at many
      stations, cuts subsidies to elderly and disabled riders, eliminates
      115 jobs, and still leaves a $24 million deficit.

      In a news release, BART blamed its budget woes on "skyrocketing health
      care and benefits."

      The transit agency said half of the 115 jobs being cut are already
      vacant.

      Tom Margo, BART's general manager, said in the release that "although
      the last four years have been very difficult financially, I am proud
      that we have been able to deal with the severe economic downturn
      without ever having to make cuts to train service frequency."

      BART said its board has "directed staff to find savings in the
      on-going contract negotiations with BART's five labor unions."

      BART said it will add 10 cents to every fare, on top of a 3.7 percent
      increase already planned. The cheapest ride will rise from $1.25 to
      $1.40. BART passengers will also have to pay for parking at many busy
      stations, including those along the crowded line from Pittsburg/Bay
      Point to San Francisco. Parking spots will cost $1 at Orinda,
      Lafayette, Walnut Creek and Rockridge stations on that line, as well
      as at Dublin/Pleasanton, North Berkeley, Lake Merritt and Ashby
      stations. At West Oakland station, spots will cost $5.00, BART said.
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