BART's gearing up to raise their fares again, and they say — through gritted teeth, one can only assume — that they are eager to hear your feedback on the plan.
The heftier ticket price plan is part of the transit agency's "program of small regular fare increases to generate revenue to help fund the system’s extensive capital needs," BART says.
Just how extensive are these capital needs? Well, here's an overview of BART’s long-term operating and capital financial outlook from 2015 to 2024, but the key numbers are these:
$9.6 billion is needed to fully fund BART’s Capital Improvement Program. BART has already identified $320 million in capital funding and projects another $4.5 billion of capital funding over the next 10 years. Approximately $4.8 billion remains unfunded, 50% of the total capital need.
That's why, as of January 1, 2016, BART wants to increase fares by 3.4%, rounded to the nearest nickel. Here's how it plays out for you, per a little chart they provided:
The amount of the increase, BART says, is calculated by "averaging national and local inflation over a two-year period and then subtracting 0.5% to account for BART’s productivity improvements."
BART fares were last increased in January 2014, when rides went up by 5 percent.
But just because the increase is scheduled doesn't mean BART doesn't want to hear how you feel about it, as "The input you provide will also be considered in BART’s fare planning process. All comments will be given to the BART Board," they say.
To that end, they have an online survey you can take here, you can email your comments to them at [email protected], or send them by postal mail to the BART Office of Civil Rights, 300 Lakeside Drive, Suite 1600, Oakland, CA 94612.BART