BART is appealing to riders to weigh-in via a survey on fare increases in 2024 and 2025 that it says will help it continue to provide “safe and reliable service.” The agency is also considering offering low-income Clipper START customers an increased discount of 50 percent—which is up from 20 percent, on Jan. 1, 2024. Customers can find the online survey here. BART began implementing its Board-Approved Inflation-Based Fare Increase Program in 2004, which institutes below-inflation, small fair adjustments intermittently over time. Amid “recent rapid inflation,” BART said the program’s formula “calls for a single 11.4 percent increase on Jan. 1, 2024.” The agency is looking to sidestep that larger, at-once increase by spreading it out over two smaller increases “of up to 5.5 percent each in 2024 and 2025.” The agency last increased fares by 3.4 percent on July 1, 2022. According to BART, it is also examining the possibility of offering larger discounts for Clipper START program riders, which is for adults with a household income that’s 200 percent of the federal poverty level or less. Again, the discount would increase from 20 percent per trip to 50 percent per trip. “Money from the fare increases will go towards our operating and capital budgets, funding train service, enhanced cleaning, additional police and unarmed safety staff presence and capital projects such as purchasing new train cars,” said BART. Again, find the survey about BART’s scheduled fare increases through March 26 here. Those responding can enter to win a $50 Clipper card.

BART adjusts schedule after 9 p.m. to one train every 15 minutes

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BART has adjusted service after 9 p.m. between Daly City and West Oakland so that a train comes every 15 minutes.

Previously, two trains would arrive within a few minutes of each other, followed by a 28-minute gap in service. Now, one train will arrive about every 15 minutes, reducing wait times for many riders in San Francisco.

BART made the adjustment because it no longer needs late-night single tracking for the Transbay Tube Seismic Retrofit Project, which closed half of the Tube each night and caused delays as trains waited their turn. The project often impacted timed transfers.

Also, BART has added four morning trains back to the schedule that had been canceled because of the Transbay Tube earthquake retrofit project, according to the transit agency. Those trains include the 4:40 a.m. train starting in Daly City (Yellow line); the 5:44 a.m. train starting in Antioch (Yellow); the 4:30 a.m. train starting at South Hayward (Green line); and the 5:29 p.m. train that starts at Daly City (Green).