Published Wednesday, May 29, 2002, in the Tri-Valley Herald
Letters to the Editor
BART chasing riders away
It appears the board of directors of the Bay Area Rapid Transit
District and all the other politicians wanting to cover their past
errors are headed for paid parking at all BART stations. This is the
wrong way to go.
The politicos seem to have forgotten BART's purpose is to get people
out of their cars and onto BART. By charging for parking, they will
have persuaded many people not to take BART in the first place. It's
called "unintended consequences." Thus ridership will be further
reduced and increased income estimates will be grossly in error.
And, BART will need to hire staff to patrol the lots to be sure the
money comes in. And those who don't pay will have their cars towed, a
bonanza for the towing companies and more aggravation to shoo riders
BART has been guilty of building inadequate parking lots from the
beginning. This fact has only aggravated the situation.
John F. Kelly Jr.