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Bay Area Rapid Transit's (BART) board has approved a $2.44 billion fiscal-year 2022 budget that calls for increasing train service, with more frequent trips and extended hours.
To take effect July 1, the budget also extends funding for enhanced car and station cleaning while increasing the visible presence of safety staff in the system, BART officials said in a news release.
In addition, the budget includes funds to reduce long-term costs and maintain infrastructure. Although BART reduced its operating spending in the current fiscal year by approximately $100 million, the FY22 budget continues to heavily rely on emergency federal support, including $328 million in CARES Act and $57 million in Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act funding, agency officials said.
On Aug. 30, BART plans to extend operating hours to midnight Monday through Saturday and reduce the wait time between trains on weekdays to 15 minutes from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., with 30-minute frequency from 8 p.m. to midnight. Weekend service in some cases will be more frequent than what was offered before the pandemic, with trains running only 15 minutes apart during peak hours on Saturdays.