BART Fares To Go Up in January, But Improvements Also Planned

The price of a ticket for Bay Area Rapid Transit is going up, but riders also can plan on getting more for their money.

A 5.4 percent fare increase is set to take effect on Jan. 1, which means passengers will pay between 10 to 30 cents more per trip.

The increase is expected to generate an additional $16 million per year for BART.

Officials say the extra funds will go toward better cleaning of stations and trains, as well as more frequent service.

Starting next month, trains are set to run every 15 minutes instead of every 20 minutes on Sundays and after 7 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays. The system also plans more frequent service on the
Peninsula.

The changes are part of a plan approved by the BART board in 2003.
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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,
http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-12-09-07 0153EST


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