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Phil Matier: BART Riders May Experience Sticker Shock Soon

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OAKLAND (KCBS) — Come next year, BART riders may be in for a case of sticker shock as a fare increase goes into effect.

Fares are set to go up more than five percent starting in January. The transit agency’s Board of Directors is also considering a plan to charge even more during peak hours or at its busiest stations.

There seems to be two things behind this proposal. One, they’re trying to level out the traffic flow of crowded trains during rush hour.

Some of the more congested stations such as Embarcadero and Montgomery in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District see about 34,000 riders a day. That’s far more than the 6,000 people that get on and off in suburban stations such as Pleasant Hill.

But to be honest, a lot of it has to do with trying to create more ways to bring in revenue. The congestion pricing is being proposed to kick in sometime in early 2015.

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