SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — It seems public outcry was instrumental in getting Bay Space Speedy Transit to ramp up enforcement efforts towards fare cheats.
Final week, the BART Board of Administrators unanimously accepted a coverage that riders should current proof of cost – a Clipper card or legitimate paper ticket – when requested by an officer within the paid areas of the stations and on trains.
BART estimates that fare evaders value the system some $15-20 million a yr.
Complaints from the general public about not simply the fare evasion, however homelessness, crime and general dissatisfaction with the BART prompted the administrators to strengthen enforcement.
For BART Director Bevan Dufty, the message was loud and clear. “Completely. I imply the issues that I hear continuously about are fare evasion, which simply drives individuals loopy and is basically corrosive to BART, after which homelessness and crime,” stated Dufty
“The general public did weigh in fairly a bit that they needed us to crack down on fare evasion,” stated BART Board President Rebecca Saltzman.
It might be even be a tipping level for BART. Whereas riders are nonetheless crammed like sardines at peak commute occasions, the company is now seeing an general 4 % drop in ridership and a 9 % drop on nights and weekends.
Saltzman stated BART can contemplate itself in competitors with different commute choices. “Name an Uber of Lyft and will probably be in a few minutes and take them straight to the door the place the necessity to go,” stated Saltzman.
To compete BART wants a greater product, even when it means choosing up a brush and cleansing stations your self, as Dufty was doing Monday.
“Take a look at Civic Middle, Powell Road, sixteenth Road,” stated Dufty. “These are the stations that folks cite and say it’s disagreeable to stroll by way of them and we actually have to vary that.”
Dufty famous BART Police is about 20 % brief on the variety of officers it wants.
In the meantime, the difficulty of the homeless driving the rails continues to be an intractable one.
“The truth is that BART is a transportation company – that’s what our focus is.”