OAKLAND (KCBS/AP) – Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency officials expect to have a $35 million surplus in their latest budget – money that is expected to go toward new seat cushions, and elevator and escalator improvements.
BART’s directors adopted the $619 million operating budget on Thursday. It does not include any service reductions or fare increases.
BART is also considering using some of the $35 million surplus on a pilot project that would run trains an hour later into early Saturday morning.
A federally mandated study of the project’s effect on minority and low-income communities is currently under way.
KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:
Noise abatement is also on this long budget to-do list.
“It’s not damaging to your ears, it’s not a health hazard, but it certainly doesn’t make for a pleasant ride,” reasoned BART chief spokesman Linton Johnson of the grinding sound – produced by ripples on the rails rubbing on the wheels in spots like the Transbay Tube.
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