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BART Fare Increase Takes Effect July 1

Bay City News
Thursday June 04, 2009 - 07:08:00 AM

BART directors voted today to adopt three fare hikes that will go into effect  

July 1. 

At the end of a lengthy discussion, BART directors voted to raise basic train fares by 6.1 percent and to add 25 cents to the minimum fare for short trips. They also voted to charge an extra $2 for trips to the San Francisco International Airport. 

The 25-cent increase in the minimum fare will increase the base fare from $1.50 to $1.75. 

BART directors also voted to begin charging a $1 parking fee at eight additional stations. Parking fees are already in place at some BART stations. 

BART had not been slated to increase its fares until Jan. 1, but directors voted to move up the fare increases by six months because of BART’s large budget deficit.