BART Board Will Consider Increased Parking Fees to Address Budget Woes

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At its monthly board meeting today, BART staff will present a number of options for closing its budget deficit, including a proposal to extend parking fees to stations that don’t already have them.  BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger will present the board with a preliminary operating budget for FY 2010, which will have a $23 million deficit.  BART staff anticipate a four-year operating deficit of nearly $250 million, though policies enacted this year could lower that number to $139 million.

"There is no one strategy or solution that can solve the deficit,” Dugger said in a statement. “We will need to pursue both cost cutting and revenue enhancement options, while minimizing impacts on our customers.”

Dugger also noted that one of the biggest unkown expenses is the agency’s labor contracts, which amount to 73 percent of total operating monies and are set to expire in June of this year.

Facing a $54 million shortfall as BART staff began preparing the budget, they proposed trimming $31 million through costs cuts and revenue generating measures including:

  • 0% wage increase (subject to labor negotiations)
  • 100 position reduction (85 positions are currently vacant)
  • Return to 20 minute service after 7 pm Monday – Saturday and all the time on Sundays
  • Reducing evening & Sunday service from 2 lines to 1 at Colma, South S.F. and San Bruno stations
  • 10% fare increase on July 1, 2009, including raising SFO Premium Fare
  • Modifying East Bay Parking policy to add more stations to the $1/day parking program

The remaining $23 million will require making decisions that are politically unpopular. As we reported here, raising parking fees is very contentious at the board level, with a great deal of resistance from the suburban directors.

More to come after the meeting.

  • mcas

    $1 a day parking is a joke– BART has to pay good money on property taxes each year for all that pavement. I certainly don’t want to pay for a sea of cars near a transit hub- why aren’t these car drivers paying for it?

  • Only raising fares and not raising parking is ridiculous.

  • icarus12

    Just traveled by West Oakland Bart. The parking fee there is $5 per day, Monday-Friday, 4 am – 3 pm. Bart has a captive audience. It could institute dynamic pricing so that a few parking spots were always available at every station for those willing to pay. But if Bart did that, it should think about extending shuttle services or encouraging carpools to stations, so that many people would not be tempted to drive at all.

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