BART Board Approves 3.7 Percent Raise for Top Executives

April 11, 2014 10:00 am · 47 comments

BART directors voted unanimously on Wednesday to give raises totaling about 3.7 percent this year to General Manager Grace Crunican and other top officials at the transit agency.

The percentage increase in compensation and benefits for the top executives is the same that employees represented by labor unions received in a new contract that was approved early this year, BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

That’s in line with BART’s historical practice of giving similar raises to top officials to those it gives to rank-and-file workers, he said.

BART directors voted to give Crunican and the other top executives raises of 1.86 percent retroactive to Jan. 1 plus another 1.8 percent increase on July 1, according to Allison.

Crunican’s raise will increase the $323,200 compensation and benefit package she received in 2013.

The other top officials affected by the vote today are general counsel Matthew Burrows, controller-treasurer Scott Schroeder, district secretary Kenneth Duran and independent police auditor Mark Smith.

Cheryl April 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Wow! Now we know why they keep uping the Bart fares. So everyone who rides the system can pay these outrageous salaries.

Doncha just luv April 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM

how these things work?

Unions strike, huge lack of attention to detail of the contract, unattended rolling train kills inspectors, poor infrastructure maintenance system shuts down entire system, filthy cars, increase in crime, less seats for passengers and the top people get a huge raise.

I call that rewarding failure. Seems like the way to be these days.

Anne Moss April 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Everyone will complain, but nobody will do anything about it – you will all keep paying for and riding BART instead of looking for alternative options, and BART will keep being shady as long as people keep giving them money to do so.

Don P - N. Concord April 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM

1/3 of a million dollars, for just one person, all on the tax payers dime. Its so ridiculous is almost funny.

mutts April 11, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Nasty, greedy people.

jtkatec April 11, 2014 at 10:40 AM

This is absolutely incredible.

The BOD just boosts their pay because the employees got the same?

$323,000 annually. We know she’s not taking BART to commute.

JustMe April 11, 2014 at 10:42 AM

BART lives in a bubble. My company announced that they were NOT giving raises this year. They’re looking to cost cut where they can and they’re reducing benefits. All in all, good times.

KenInConcord April 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

How about we all vote a reduction in the cost to ride Bart !!!

Let's Go Oakland April 11, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Everyone see this? Management. Now don’t go complaining about the pay of the workers when fares go up.

Mimi (original) April 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Thieves!! They are just Thieves!!

Out of control April 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM

$323,200 and rising ? How much is the retirement package? Full pay ? Government is the problem not the solution, once again. It will all come crashing down at some point. What a joke.

By the way, $323,200 divided into 5 days a week is $1,243 A DAY !
OR $155.38 PER HOUR !

This, in an un-sustainable public transit operation that doesn’t even pay for itself. It’s subsidized and should be run on the strictest of budgets to minimize it’s perpetual losses.

Jerry Brown, Miller, Desaulnier, all the transportation board officials should be ashamed of allowing this to happen. Vote these incompetent people out in favor of a candidate that has run a legitimate company and let him / her apply their business acumen to California government.

Start with legislating out their union. Put that on a ballot and watch the voters make the union vanish ! What fun would that be to watch !

Who knows, we might even get our economy back.

jtkatec April 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

This creates a vicious circle. Now the unions are going to look at that and say, well our people deserve more.

xyz April 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM

BART is not a government run train. So stop blaming the government. Also the top execs are not union , so stop blaming unions too. For cryin out loud.

Anon April 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM


ridiculous April 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Since ridership isn’t booming, why do these people get raises? Aren’t they already making enough money? Unbelievable.

Don't tax me bro April 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Assemblywoman Bonilla, your constituents would like you to do something about this. Are you listening???????????

Dwight Schrute April 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

How do we get an immediate 20% decrease for any salaried BART manager? Not the schmos that drive the trains, the schmos that work in the offices in Oakland and do nothing and collect large salaries, complain about other people, and get yearly increases and bonuses.

Cowellian April 11, 2014 at 12:09 PM

It is GOOD to be King!

Don P - N. Concord April 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM

#9 Acknowledging that the BOD salaries are too high does not mean the employee salaries arent as well.

oldman April 11, 2014 at 12:19 PM

The truth is that this govt. behavior will not stop until people stop electing liberals. Not much hope for this due to our current culture.

skrab April 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM

BART is not a government operation.

funny man April 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM

bart.GOV disagrees with you

Concord Guy April 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

No wonder they caved to the unions.

Mary April 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Whether it’s the union or management they are all grossly overpaid.
All their salaries should be cut. No BART manager should make more than $100k per year. They are all easily replaceable by people who would do a better job for far less money.

Mo Money Mo Money Mo Money April 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

This isn’t restricted to liberals, this is a those in power do what ever they want.
Don’t ask if Susan is listening, because she isn’t. Mark doesn’t care, because he thinks he’s moving on up. Representing their constituents isn’t really part of their job, because we didn’t give enough money.
I say we do a rider strike for a week. A day won’t work.

Anonymous April 11, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Well at least Senator DeSaulnier hasn’t joined the other Democrat Senators in jail (or out on bail).

Desaulnier could stop this crap dead if he would favor a ban on BART strikes, but that would mean irritating his big donors.

If you are mere taxpayer, you’re screwed. Union wins,you loose.

ConcordDad April 11, 2014 at 3:09 PM

The totally ironic part is BART did a press release about the managers getting the same 3% raise that the frontline workers got. What they didn’t mention is part of the reason the front line workers got a raise is they gave back money the last two contracts. One contract alone they gave back 100 million in concessions. When the frontline workers got nothing management got “bonuses” and raises. Frontline also with the 3% raise is now paying more of the cost of the pensions and also more of the medical costs. Management doesn’t have to. The ONLY thing that you can do is work to get this Board of Directors out! The Board president is also on a Board of directors for a large bike group. Why do you think these new BART trains are giving so much priority to bikes and not people! It’s a very corrupt group. I live in Concord and will not vote for the same people this go around we need new leadership at BART!!

ClayDen April 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Certainly they deserve it for doing such a great job in the contract negotiations. NOT!

Fire them all.

Nuttsie the Nutter April 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

What is really sad is a statement like that made by oldman. This statement implies that liberals and only liberals make the big bucks and if we would just elect conservatives, salaries would go down and the world would be a better place. Because I am reasonably sure that no conservative businessman or government employee makes more than $10 or $12 an hour.

Dorothy April 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Another fare hike coming to a station near you. After all, it’s only fair that if the unions get it that the rest of the BART people get a share of the pie too. I’m sure they all worked very hard for their share of the pork pie.

RANDOM TASK April 11, 2014 at 3:49 PM

wow and there you go …Bart striked and now is upping your fares as they giveout huge bonuses …..LOL YOU GUYS FALL FOR THE DEMS MOVES EVERYTIME…….ENJOY…….(dems are funded by unions who filter your tax money back to support dem re-election) ……everyones tax money not just dems. Nice racket huh ……..wooot

Anon April 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM



Miss Ranchogirl April 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

now its a raise for the management, then its a raise for general workers, then its a hike in fares, then its a strike
and then we can start all over again.

RANDOM TASK April 11, 2014 at 4:46 PM

32&33……..YEP YEP YEP AND OF COURSE……tow the party line at any expense or exploitation of tax payer dollars. As JIM CAREY said in his movie ” HIT ME AGAIN IKE …THIS TIME PUT SOME STANK ON IT ” Lemmings do what they are told to do …….so long as they get their free ride who cares ……….RIGHT

Suzanne April 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM

The world is round; and we all go round in circles…..

Please... April 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Yes, let’s let the conservatives get rid of all the
Controls on environment , banking , business ,
guns etc..
Lets let anarchy vs. Facism fight it out.
Most of you here are nuts!!!

BART.GOV April 11, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Not a government operation ? Sure. And Kathleen Sebelius resigned today because she deserves a victory lap ! Who are you kidding ?

Her web site and BART both function like most government “operations”… in a dysfunctional manner. Waste, corruption and lies like the idiot who says BART isn’t a government operation.

“If you like your health plan, you can keep it.” Tell a lie often enough and well, idiots will believe it.

We’re not idiots. Go to and tell me it’s a private entity not controlled by transportation officials working for the government.

From their website… “in 1957, the Legislature formed the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, comprising the five counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo. At this time, the District was granted a taxing power of five cents per $100 of assessed valuation….”

I’ll bet you signed up for Obamacare too. Good luck with that one.

@#13 and #21 April 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM

That’s funny, we all pay a BART tax on our property taxes around here. Since when can private companies tax us? Guessing neither of you two has ever had to pay a tax bill, so you wouldn’t know. BART likes to be a government agency when it comes to taking our subsidies and tax money, but likes to act the private company when it comes to keeping their tax-payer subsidized “profits”.

FRANCIS BARKER April 11, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Thats why Bart Fares always go up to pay money to a bunch of lazy executives who don’t give a darn about fixing the train tracks or clean up inside the trains.Bart trains smell really bad and the carpeting in the trains stink.Bart should spend more money on cleaning the trains and hire security to not let homeless people on the trains because they smell and they sleep on the trains,

bigjim April 11, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Thats 3.7 % more than I’ve gotten in the last two years.

A Homeowner April 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM

@38 Exactly!! Thank You!

. April 11, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Wouldn’t be surprised if they aren’t all registered to vote as democrat.

BART_RAGE April 11, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Unbelieveable! They should have at least given the workers what they are giving themselves. Why not earn your money. BART has had nothing but delays lately. I dont’ think these top execs are doing their job and no one know what their job is in the first place. BART SUCKS and rapes its passengers. What a financial money pit and drain on everyone except BART employees.. Today there was some psycho sitting outside the T.O.’s door screaming f and growling and making all kinds of weird noises all the way to SF; I’m just tired of it. There is NEVER a normal commute day more, NEVER. BART is ready for the recycle bin and they should take their top losers with it.

Walnut Creek Resident April 11, 2014 at 10:15 PM

What can we do?

Mary April 12, 2014 at 1:51 AM

The BART board should be put in jail for corruption. Giving someone who is making $323 a 3.7% raise is criminal. I am disgusted with these stooges.

RANDOM TASK April 12, 2014 at 4:31 PM

you keep voting in the criminals they keep taking from you why so bothered??????

. April 12, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Bonilla and DeSaulnier don’t care…..they’ll issue pronouncements, then do nothing unless it results in votes or campaign dollars.

But I repeat myself. Kick out all incumbents … Unless you’re perfectly happy with the status quo.

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