BART Directors make the right decision to start fixing our aging system

Joël Ramos Headshot

BART train, photo by Rafael CastilloIf last week’s meeting is any indicator, BART riders can look forward to a brighter future with more frequent, reliable, and affordable BART service.

On October 9, the BART Board of Directors met to make final decisions about their ten-year investment plan. Choosing what to invest in is a decision that BART Directors shouldn’t take lightly, considering the agency faces a $5.3 billion combined maintenance and operations shortfall over the next ten years.

To put that number in perspective, that’s nearly four times the cost of the new Levi’s stadium. With significant financial challenges ahead, it’s critical that BART start to invest more money in maintenance as soon as possible, so we don’t make the problem worse by falling behind on critical repairs

That’s why we’re happy to report that BART Directors chose to adopt a Short-Range Transit Plan/Capital Improvement Program that prioritizes spending money on repairs and maintenance to make the core BART system better for the more than 400,000 daily passengers. One of the many important investments the new plan calls for is increasing rail car availability, which riders who have been crammed in crowded cars or left behind because they couldn't get on the train will really appreciate.

Thanks to those of you who emailed your BART Directors and came out to the September and October meetings. You told the BART Board that riders are watching – and that we expect them to make decisions that will improve our ride now and preserve BART for the future.

And have you seen BART’s new Future BART game? Please take two minutes to play and show BART Directors exactly what your own priorities are (and how important it is to fix and modernize the system!) 

Join our Save BART campaign for updates on how you can help BART stay safe, frequent, reliable, and affordable for all of us. 

 

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