BART seeks feedback on fare increase 

BART passengers can sound off this week on several fare increase proposals.

Since 2006, the rail operator has linked its biennial fare increases to inflation. With the next one scheduled for July 1, the agency is exploring different alternatives.

Click the picture for a chart on fare rates.

BART has advanced three proposals. One would raise all fares by 5 cents. Another would increase fares between the East Bay and San Francisco by 10 cents. The third would stick with inflation-based escalation.

Under that plan, the minimum fare would remain $1.75, and a trip from Walnut Creek to San Francisco would increase by 10 cents. That would raise a projected $5 million a year for BART, which is facing a $7 billion shortfall for capital improvement needs, including the procurement of 700 new rail cars.

BART will hold five community hearings on the proposals, with the first one scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission headquarters in Oakland. A San Francisco meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Mission High School cafeteria.

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