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BART to develop rail-to-airport incentive program

BART is exploring the development of a trip verification technology to enable its riders to have priority in airport security lines.
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Bay Area Rapid Transit's (BART) board approved the development of a trip verification technology (TVT) that would enable BART riders to enter a priority security screening line at San Francisco International Airport.

With TVT, airport-hired staff could use devices at a designated entry point to scan Clipper fare cards or QR codes on BART mobile applications to verify a rider used public transportation to get to the airport. If the trip is verified, the rider would then proceed to a priority line for Transportation Security Administration screening.

After the TVT software is developed, BART will create a pilot of the incentive program, although no timeline for that has been released, BART officials said in a press release.

“We need to be creative in ways to increase airport ridership and make it more attractive to take transit instead of a car,” BART Board President Bevan Dufty said.

Duffy got the idea for this incentive program from a Twitter follower, agency officials said.

Depending on the pilot's outcome, BART officials said they could consider offering the technology at Oakland International Airport and sport stadium entrances.

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