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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) will increase rail fares by 5.4 percent effective Jan. 1, 2020, to keep up with inflation and support capital needs, agency officials announced yesterday.
Under the fare hike, the price of short trips will increase by 10 cents and a longer trips will increase by 40 cents.
The inflation-based fare increase is part of a program BART's board first approved in 2003 and renewed in 2013, which raises fares every other year at a rate 0.5 percent less than inflation for the previous two-year period.
“It is important fares keep up with inflation because BART is not heavily subsidized by the government and we rely on fares for two-thirds of our operating budget,” BART officials said in a press release.
All revenue from the fare increase will go to the agency’s highest priority capital needs including rail cars, a train control system and an expanded maintenance facility.
The fare hike is the last of four biennial fare increases called for under the 2013 program renewal. The board has approved a third series of inflation-based fare increases that will go into effect in 2022, 2024 and 2026.