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Letter: BART parking fee will cut ridership

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  • 5/29 Tri-Valley Herald
    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
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      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
      away.

      BART has been guilty of building inadequate parking lots from the
      beginning. This fact has only aggravated the situation.

      John F. Kelly Jr.
      Pleasanton
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