BART Won’t Be Extending Overnight Hours

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A commuter looks on as a BART train pulls into a station in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN JOSE (KCBS/AP) – The Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency’s plans to test extended train service on Saturdays is now defunct following a study that found it would have a disproportionately negative impact on minority and low-income riders.

The conclusion of the federally-mandated study was revealed in a report released this week. It found that more minorities ride the trains that currently begin running at 6 a.m. Saturday than the last trains six hours earlier.

The survey also revealed, however, that 80 percent of riders do want longer service hours at night.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:


Under the proposed 6-month test, they would see train service pushed back an hour from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Trains that now leave BART’s end-of-the-line stations at midnight on Saturday would depart an hour later. Engineers asked for the extra Saturday morning hour to complete safety inspections and maintenance.

”We have to figure out the impact. Would we have to hire more maintenance workers on a temporary basis, or can we just forgo an hour of maintenance on our rails,” said BART Board President Bob Franklin, who wants to come back with a renewed plan. “Maybe we could offer truncated service, stopping it at Walnut Creek.”

A Thursday BART board discussion on the matter was shelved by Franklin. A new idea may not be presented for months.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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