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BART decides not to raise fares, but keeps hiring freeze in place - SF Business Times
Date:  3/15/2017
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Written by: Riley McDermid
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The BART Board of Directors has declined to study a fare increase.

The BART Board of Directors has declined to study a fare increase the would have bumped the minimum fare up to $2.25, but said it will keep in place a hiring freeze

BART currently faces a projected 2018 deficit that could be as high as $35 million. But board directors worried that raising the fare that much that quickly could lose it riders in the suburbs to other transportation options like Lyft or Uber.

"BART’s minimum fare of $1.95 will already be going up in January 2018. Because of that, director Rebecca Saltzman said the proposed increase would be even greater compared to the current fare," the San Francisco Examiner reports."Saltzman said an increase would cause BART to lose riders in the East Bay to Alameda-Contra Costa Transit or ride-hailing services like Uber."

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