BART: Riders to Help Fund New Train Cars with “Inflation Based Fare Increase” Starting January 1, 2014

December 11, 2013 13:23 pm · 47 comments


Starting January 1, 2014, BART riders will pay on average an extra 19 cents in fares to help pay for new train cars and other top priority projects that BART says will ensure reliable, safe and clean train service for the Bay Area for years to come, BART announced today.

The following information is from BART:

In February 2013, the Board of Directors voted to continue BART’s inflation-based fare increase program and dedicated the new revenue to replace and improve BART’s aging system.

The projects supported by the program include the purchase of Fleet of the Future train cars, a new train control system to improve reliability and to allow more trains to run more frequently, and the expansion of and improvements to the Hayward Maintenance Complex to serve the new fleet and support future service to Silicon Valley.

The inflation-based fare increase program has been in place since 2003 and provides passengers a predictable pattern of small fare adjustments over time as opposed to larger increases with little notice.  60% of surveyed BART passengers support small, predictable increases like these.  The renewed program will mean fare increases at a rate below inflation in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 and will generate a total of $325 million to be applied toward these important programs. The first increase will be 5.2%, raising fares on average by 19 cents.

“BART is required to come up with a portion of funding for many of our capital projects in order to qualify to receive extra money from other sources,” said BART Spokeswoman Alicia Trost, “BART must pay $800 million toward the cost of new rail cars—this fare increase will help us achieve that goal.  We understand no one wants to pay higher fares but riders should know this money can only be spent on these identified projects which will benefit passengers.”


1 mike mac December 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I believe the money will be used to pay for the inflated salaries of the administration and Union employees. Way to go BART. I think I will find other forms of transportation rather than pay your inflated fees.

2 The Mamba December 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Dear BART, I would love to compensate you for your quality of work this year, please schedule some time to discuss a potential pay raise sometime in early 2015.

3 ... December 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I ride BART daily. It amazes me that ever since they reached an agreement service has been horrendous. Now inflated rates during peak hours. Maybe they will continue to run less trains during the peak hours to make even more money. BART needs a financial overhaul asap.

4 James Dean December 11, 2013 at 1:44 PM

GEEZUS MARY AND JOSEPH…SHOCKER…I think it’s time people really start finding alternative routes for transportation…Boycott BART…or better yet…I think i’m going to apply and make tons of money doing nothing!

5 Anon December 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I would like to offer a differnt scale…wages based on actually job duties…oh wait they won’t take minimum wage there for minimal work

6 Sheep December 11, 2013 at 1:48 PM

It still shocks me that people will turn against BART union employees. We all want higher wages, just because BART employees unionized and actually FOUGHT for better wages they’re the bad guys? What a joke. You should be thanking them; without unions fighting for fair wages all of you idiots would still be making $2/hr and there would be no fair labor laws or paid OT. The issue stems from upper management wanting to line their pockets with much money as they can. If anyone needs to take a pay cut, it isn’t the working men and women of the unions, regular people like you and me, it’s the corporate management. Stop turning against people fighting for a good living and the best wages they can get to take care of their families. Fight against the corporate cash hogs who rolling in your money and giving themselves millions dollar paychecks and bonuses, and REFUSING to take any cut in pay that might conflict with their lavish lifestyles. BART has increased ridership and profits these past couple years and instead using the money wisely by giving their employees raises and updating their BART cars they continually pocket it. THANK GOD for unions fighting for their rights. There are far to many sheeple blaming the working men and women when they should be pointing their fingers at corporate.

7 jtkatec December 11, 2013 at 1:50 PM

It amazes me that the employees of BART now get bumps in salary based on increases in ridership. Increases in ridership has nothing to do with their job or the service provided, but with the increase in the cost of gasoline.

8 Mr. Joshua December 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Sheep-’fighting for a good living’ would indicate the college educated employee trying to make enough to feed his/her kids after having settled at one of the most expensive places in the US to live – the SF Bay Area. Those overpaid, overhyped, undereducated morons that wear a Bart uniform don’t qualify. On top of that, the idea of customer service is about as beneath them as the double cheeseburger they lost under their double ass.

9 Sacto Rob December 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

While you may easily have missed the story, California Senate Republicans are offering up legislation to outlaw public transit strikes in California. Sacramento is making us a state dependent on public transit whether we like it or not. At least the Republicans want to keep public transit reliable, and not let it go on being a tool the public transit unions can use to extort the public.

10 What_a_joke December 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

This is just 1 more reason why I don’t RIDE BART or have anything to do with BART. The whole agency is a joke and I’ve seen first hand what kind of real scum actually work at BART. It’s a shame that root of all evil revolves around money.

11 Chester December 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

19 cents here, no legislation preventing transit strikes there, here a corrupt politician (redundant), there an uncontrolled government organization, everywhere free tax payers money

12 Big D December 11, 2013 at 2:22 PM

BART increased revenues almost 80% since 2000…

13 Sheep December 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Mr. Joshua – The wonderful thing about living in our country is that one does not have to live up *your* standards of the ideal employee to fight for better wages. A “college education” isn’t a precedent for a fruitful life… in fact, in our current economy, it might be just the opposite. As I said previously, stop focusing on the BART union employees… focus on the people at the top, reaping the benefits of your daily BART ride with triple digit paychecks, quarterly bonuses and winter holidays in Paris.

14 Drive Safe December 11, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Mr. Joshua – So in your opinion, only college educated people who moved to the Bay Area deserve to make enough money to survive here? What about the college educated people who were born here, or those who were unable to go to college because their families weren’t well off enough to pay for it?

If BART won’t make cuts from the top, then we will have to pay more to improve service.

15 Want Change? December 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Then STOP riding the damn trains! Boycott BART and watch how quickly everything magically will fix itself. I haven’t given BART a dime in over 3yrs, and won’t any time soon. It’s time we made it a “Public” transportation agency focused on SERVING the PUBLIC.

end of rant

16 Bart Rider December 11, 2013 at 2:44 PM

BART fare increases mean that in the future I ride BART less (telecommute more) – this goes for BART parking increases as well.

17 Silva December 11, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Oh, THERE’S a surprise. Didn’t see that one coming. Sacto Bob, a lot of Democrats don’t think BART employees should be able to hold the entire bay area hostage either.

18 ? December 11, 2013 at 2:50 PM

How interesting … just why then is bart getting so many federal dollars every year? Any forensic accountants out there? My understanding was Every Rider on bart is subsidized by the FEDs.

19 jack farrell December 11, 2013 at 2:51 PM

instead of a fare increase why not try a salary reduction.

20 Danielle December 11, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Fare increases are the cost of doing business. As long as they do it gradually, and keep in mind that some riders really can’t afford to pay more, yet they have to get to work daily.

21 Tmar December 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Regardless of who you support, union, management, college educated or not, I thought we were paying a higher sales tax to fun BART!?!? Where does that money go?

22 Don P - N. Concord December 11, 2013 at 3:11 PM

BOYCOTT Bart. I made a promise to myself never to ride BART again, you should all do the same.

23 Random Task December 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

@6 really ……wow …..really the unions extort money and the workers pay huge union dues ….unions killed cailfornia as the dems allowed them to control public money ……you keep on preaching because you will be the first one running for our help when the state falls down …….you also must like it when politicians tell you they are going to cut taxes then tell you they can not because of some moronic idea that doing that will bankrupt the state and yet roads are crappy……criminals are being released……corruption is out of control …….city councils have taken over tax payer money for life benefits …..cities are going bankrupt and the state capitol keeps finding hidden millions that end up being lost again ……this is what you want surprise you got it revel and cheer you brought this on us ……..glee up because it will end real fast …….china will grab you first

24 Random Task December 11, 2013 at 3:23 PM

as if we did not know this was coming also mid next year they will raise it again as costs of new trains were mismanaged as was the contract they just got scammed by and bullied into signing ……….BART and CAL-TRANS are stealing money almost as bad as the unions all at our expense if there was an award for wasting tax payer money the (dems….throw in unions with them because they sleep in same bed) would tie with public works and city council members ……..criminals, illegals, bums, and druggies would be excluded form the voting because they are partial to dems and crime and over all bummage and would cloudy the vote …….. can not believe this is how you want this once great state to be ……for shame

25 Ridiculous. However.... December 11, 2013 at 3:23 PM

BART was originally considering placing this funding idea on a ballot measure where we could actually vote on it. No choice now, apparently. I wonder why. Wait – I do know why: with all the recent contract fiasco and issues that are plaguing BART, there is no chance they would receive the support of public opinion, nor their tax dollars.

Insane, but I think some saw this coming plain as day.

26 Anonymous December 11, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Sheep:nice job of reading SEIU talking points. Complete garbage of course.

I dont mind you saying this, but if you believe it, you need professional help.

27 MTN December 11, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Didn’t anyone read this article!? “The inflation based fare increase program has been in place since 2003.” Riders rates are going to increase regardless of the outcome of any contract negotiations.

28 Anon December 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

@Sheep…sadly you’re right you don’t have to live up to my standards that’s what’s wrong with his country…f more people, be they college educated or not…decided to work hard for a living wage fine…and a lot of union employess and I am friends with a great many agree with me…that too many union employess and BART is full of them, hide behind a union that give exorbinate OT deals…who in their right mind thinks a guy who drives a train, mostly by computer, desevres to makes $250K…that’s rediculous…even with a college education doing a meneal task does not deserve $250K…so tell me how this guy making that much money is “entitled” to it…he’s working the system…not working a job

29 Atticus Thraxx December 11, 2013 at 4:03 PM

What a coincidence. I just increased my threshold for how bad things have to be before I take BART anywhere. How fortuitous.

30 Anonymous December 11, 2013 at 4:23 PM

@sheep. You work 7 1/2 hours a day. Rest of us eight. Comes to about three weeks a year more then the rest of us .How is that fair?

Why do we have to pay for your tiime off the rest of us dont get?

31 Elwood December 11, 2013 at 4:49 PM

@ sheep #6

Post like it’s 1935! News 4 u. The labor wars are over. Labor won. Take a deep breath.

32 Jessie December 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Yep, the fare increases were no surprise. And you know exactly how much it is when you know inflation.

Also the fares go to the capital budget not the “Operations” budget which is what the trains move and employees are paid from..

So you know who the anti union trolls are.. Since normal people wouldn’t blame someone without knowing the facts.

Don’t drink managements Kool-aid.. Timed News releases like this make you want to blame the workers.

33 Antler December 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

jtkatec at #7 ~ ~ ~ Excellent point!

May I suggest to BART management that they spend some of the increase to give better security in the parking buildings and lots.

34 Triple Canopy December 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Don’t BART riders feel good about paying more to reduce global warming and climate change? That means the oceans will not rise as fast because you are offsetting what China spews – a net decrease in carbon emissions.


… wait for the next regional BART bond measure to appear on the ballot and, because these union-loving idiots vote for it, your property tax bill.

35 Selfish December 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Good.I dont’ ride their damn train anyway.Excuse me while I light a fire on a spare the air day.

36 @Anon #28 December 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Which train operators are making $250k?

37 concord December 11, 2013 at 7:13 PM

BART service just stinks. The fare gates don’t work, trains and tracks are broken down, delay after delay, car thefts and burglaries. BART has never run worse than it is right now. Something stinks in management besides their $400K a year salaries plus benefits and bonuses. Is there anybody home at BART to actually run the system somewhere besides into the ground? Services were cut back in 2008 and still haven’t been restored. BART runs short crowded, miserable trains all day long. It is the worst commute on earth. Thank you Paul and Grace, you both are so worthless as well as the entire BART Board of Directors. I’m for Ferry Service from Antioch to SF; screw BART.

38 California Nightmare December 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Time to put a dent in the rapacious BART union monopoly.

Tell Bonilla, DeSaulnier, and Brown enough is enough ! Support the Republicans in the legislature trying wanting to outlaw BART strikes.

39 Dorothy December 11, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Just exactly, other than giving themselves and the unions more money than they should, do they do with the money they get. They get money from the state and feds, they get it from property taxes, they get it from fares, they get it from advertisers, and they get it from all those tickets that have little bits of funds that add up but not used. This is not chump change in total.

Every rate increase has been advertised as for maintenance of trains, Trains have not been maintained. Or for maintenance of the system. System has not been maintained. Been rate increases advertised as for new cars to be built in a facility in Pittsburg. I even remember BART cars (at least 2) that I saw being trucked, slowly and carefully, to somewhere years ago. That was halted for some reason.

They need to stop “if this happens, then that kind of funds will accrue, and we can spend more now that we don’t have” kind of financial foolishness because it never comes out right.

40 Steve December 11, 2013 at 8:48 PM

As a daily BART commuter, I expect fares to go up. It doesn’t mean I like it.

Taking BART beats driving to SF every day, despite all their problems.

41 Anon December 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM

I bet those fat, mean, angry, greedy, lazy bart union workers are laughing now.

42 Old School December 11, 2013 at 10:05 PM

I agree the hard working men and women
of the skilled union trades should be paid
top wages for their knowledge and expertise.
I don’t agree that some schmuck sitting in a train,
a glass box, or pushing a broom should also
be paid top wages. Good for them, but I don’t
want to hear their whining.

43 Chris December 12, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Hey BART, how about adding more trains to the evening commute first!… especially a 10th car to every 9 car train after 4pm that is nearly impossible to get on.

44 Rollo Tomasi December 12, 2013 at 7:57 AM

I suppose the days of being so good at your job and having such a solid work ethic that management will do everything they can to keep you are gone. Oh, wait a minute – those are the people that get jobs in management.

45 Jen December 12, 2013 at 8:11 AM

BART contract dispute is not over you know. In the contract the unions “accidentally” get 6 weeks PAID leave for family leave act (you get 12 wks you can take UNpaid by law). Unions have signed and are claiming it’s not fair even if it wasn’t supposed to be in there they should get the PAID 6 weeks. So it’s back to mediation to see if we, or YOU if you ride BART, will be paying them to take time off to have children or take care of their parents, etc. What will the fare increases pay for if that’s left in new contract….I’m guessing you won’t see as many new trains.

46 Brian Griffin December 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM

How about an earnings based fare decrease..

47 Ricardoh December 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

I hope the new trains are quieter. If you take the train to SFO bring some ear plugs.

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