OAKLAND (KPIX 5) – The Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors on Thursday weighed cost-cutting proposals to address a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

BART said it may charge riders who use paper tickets instead of Clipper cards a 50-cent surcharge.

Earlier, the agency was reportedly looking at starting weekday service at 5:00 a.m. instead of 4:00 a.m. and reducing discounts for youth, seniors and the disabled. Those proposals have been taken off the table.

BART could be facing a deficit of anywhere between $25 million to $35 million in the coming year, and the proposals to close the gap are coming at a time when fares are already going up. Fares are set to increase by 2.7 percent next year.

Last fall, voters approved a $3.5 billion bond measure to improve to aging BART system. However, BART directors said riders won’t be seeing major fixes from Measure RR money for at least 2 years. In the meantime, the transit agency said they are facing rising costs and reduced revenue.

A final decision by the board of directors is not expected until June.

Comments (3)
  1. zinnsand21 says:

    How can BART have a $30 million dollar budget deficit when they charge an arm and a leg to ride on it? Answer, when you have janitors making $175,000 a year, the majority of employees earning six figure salaries and retiring with six figure salaries that’s how you end up with a $30 million dollar deficit.. Salaries and benefits are totally out of control..

  2. Jean Mangels says:

    Gee, i wonder why the revenue is down. Could it be the totally unreliable service (broken equipment, problems with the tracks – things that should have been maintained all along, and planned for starting 40 years ago), filthy trains and facilities, homeless sleeping on the trains and in the elevators, the grossly overpaid management and employees.

    1. Jean Mangels says:

      i wanted to add that these are all reasons why ridership is down – poor/unreliable service, dirty trains and facilities

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