BART Snags Extra $11M Because of High Ridership

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say higher ridership and a tax boost have brought in an extra $11 million.

BART directors voted Thursday to spend the unexpected fiscal year bonus on late-night bus service, replacement of rail car carpeting and on an attempt to contain a worsening workers' compensation problem.

The San Francisco Chronicle ridership in the fiscal year ending in June jumped to a record 111 million, or about 366,000 per day. The previous record, set in 2008, was more than 107 million or 358,000 a day.

Riders paid nearly $22 million in fares, about 6.3 percent more than BART had anticipated. Likewise, sales tax revenue grew by about 8 percent over the previous year.

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