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BART will continue inflation-based fare increase program

BART will continue inflation-based fare increase program

The BART Board of Directors voted to continue its inflation-based fare increase program on Feb. 28.

The first increase is to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014 and will bring BART’s average fare up from $3.59 to $3.78. The renewed program will raise fares in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 and is estimated to generate $325 million over the next eight years.

“Some commuter students may end up re-evaluating their current method of commuting because of the fare increase,” said Sherryl Santa Ana, a group signatory for Student Commuters at Cal, in an email.

With fares at an extra 19 cents per day, “people will have to look at whether it fits in their wallet or budgets,” said Luna Salaver, a communications officer with the BART Communications Department.

Even with the fare increases, however, using public transportation will still be much cheaper than driving, according to Salaver.

“If you’re planning to go into San Francisco or Oakland, you have to consider not only gas but also parking, which is going up a lot,” Salaver said.
Santa Ana added that she found current BART fares reasonable, even for college students.

“A significant portion of UC Berkeley students are always going to be opposed to any type of fee increases,” she said.

According to Salaver, funds will be dedicated to paying for new trains and other improvements. Such improvements would include a new train control system, which will allow BART to run trains closer together.

“Personally, I support the program because the revenue from the fare increases seem to be dedicated to making the BART system better,” Santa Ana said.

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