BART Wants Your Views on "Critical Issues"

BART is hosting a series of community meetings in March to seek public views on important topics, including planned fare increases, environmental justice policy and Clipper Card distribution for seniors and youth.

BART will hold community meetings next month to get public feedback on what the agency calls "critical issues":

  • fare hikes
  • Clipper Card distribution for seniors and youth
  • environmental justice policy

Proposed fare increases

BART policy since 2006 has been to adopt inflation-adjusted fare increases every two years. For this year, beginning in July, the transit agency is seeking public feedback on whether to continue with the same policy or try something else.

It is proposing three options:

  1. as in past years, a system-wide inflation-adjusted increase, which would be 1.4 percent this time
  2. a 10-cent increase for trips between San Francisco and the East Bay, with no other increases
  3. a 5-cent increase in fares system-wide

BART says the fare boost is needed in large part to help pay for replacing its aging fleet of 669 train cars, most of which date back to the agency's beginning of service 40 years ago.

The San Francisco Chronicle published an article about the proposal Saturday, and BART has detailed information on its Web site.

Clipper Card distribution for seniors and youth

Seniors and youth can use a discounted Clipper Card, meant to replace the discounted red and green BART tickets. BART wants public feedback on the best way to distribute them.

"BART wants to ensure that eligible BART customers can readily obtain discounted cards in their communities," the agency's notice says. "Your input is necessary to determine the adequacy of existing locations to obtain Clipper cards and to comment on what would be adequate for you and your community."

Environmental justice policy

BART also seeks public reaction to its draft Environmental Justice Policy, which BART says has three components:

  1. integrating Environmental Justice prinicples into BART's transportation planning
  2. evaluating impacts on minority and low-income populations
  3. enhancing public involvement activities to identify and address the needs of minority and low-income populations in making transportation decisions

The five community meetings will be held:

  • March 6, Tuesday, Oakland; 6:30–8 p.m., Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter Auditorium, 101 Eighth St.
  • March 12, Monday, Concord; 6:30–8 p.m., Monument Community Partnership,
    1760 Clayton Rd.
  • March 14, Wednesday, San Francisco Mission District; 6:30–8 p.m., Mission High School Cafeteria, 3750 18th St.
  • March 15, Thursday, Daly City; 7– 8:30 p.m., War Memorial Community Center Activity Room, 6655 Mission St.
  • March 19, Monday, Richmond; 6–7:30 p.m., Richmond Main St., 1000 McDonald Ave. Suite C

A BART notice with descriptions of the topics and the meeting dates is also attached to this article.

Members of the public are invited also to provide feedback on the fare boost and Clipper Card distribution through a BART online survey.

Joe Pereira March 05, 2012 at 04:10 AM
If BART want to raise rates, I feel the whole community should have input. So the input should come from the riders in all areas and the community meetings should include everyone down to Fremont and out to Dublin. That is of course if they care about BART riders opiniuns!! Let's see if this "PUBLIC" agency gets it!
Rai Warbasse March 05, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I am really getting tired of getting penny pinched by BART. Pay for parking, increase your rates, no more cheap or free transfer passes, don't clean the stations, broken everything, not bicycle friendly, dirty trains, poorly trained police force, lazy & unfriendly station agents... really? When is BART going to get the act together and start treating this like a public service instead of a struggling business? We already pay higher sales taxes in the Bay Area for this poorly run mode of transportation. When it costs just as much to drive in the EAST BAY than it does to take BART, I don't see the benefit.
Tim March 05, 2012 at 06:06 PM
They are acting EXACTLY like a "public service" agency. If they were a private business acting the way they are they would be out of business. The current state is BART is what you get when it's run by government and subsidized by the taxpayer.
Albert Rubio March 07, 2012 at 07:20 AM
It is the spell of Plato that ever feeds hope and faith in government.


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