New ‘BART To Airport’ APP Features Mobile Ticketing For Travel To Airports

December 6, 2018 8:00 am · 6 comments

BART announced the launch of a new smartphone app that allows groups to purchase discounted train tickets in advance of trips to an airport and serves as the first time the transit agency is offering mobile tickets through an app.

The BART to Airport app will be tested for a year and allows groups of two or more to purchase the tickets that are stored on the buyer’s phone. The buyer then activates the ticket and shows it to a station agent as the group enters or exits stations.

The app will then calculate the fares, discounted by 25 percent, based on the length of the trip to either San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport.

BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said the pilot program will allow the agency to see the positives of mobile ticketing as well as the negatives, including if a station agent isn’t available when a group arrives to enter the station.

Trost said there will be a phone number in the app that users can call to talk to someone with access to the system and station surveillance cameras and who can allow the group to enter.

The agency also recently released the official BART app that features real-time departure information and trip planning options, and Trost said the ability to pay for parking via the app will be available in the near
future.

WC December 6, 2018 at 8:05 AM

Oh yay. We have an app. But let’s ignore killers, thieves, homeless, urine, feces and needles on BART.

Pyrrhus December 6, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Now if we could just replace the clipper cards with our Phones that would be great. That goes for all public transit as well.

Doh December 6, 2018 at 9:30 AM

After my flight was canceled one Christmas I tried taking Bart home. A 1 hour trip by car or van took over 2 hours plus a taxi ride from the station. No thanks.

RSD December 6, 2018 at 10:57 AM

Exactly! BART board of directors are inept and responsible for the worst public transportation system I’ve ever seen. They need to be replaced by people who value the safety and wellbeing of the riders.

Pony December 6, 2018 at 5:38 PM

Lets have an app but no way to use it except to have a station agent read it or call a phone number. Introduce those tourist to how technically advanced the Bay Area is. Genius. Pure Genius I say

ON DA December 7, 2018 at 5:43 AM

Available and better than traveling Lost.

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