BART has plan to address budget crisis


To ensure that BART is on the strongest fiscal footing possible, the agency has developed a 7-point plan with steps to reduce costs to address anticipated short-term and long-term deficits.

While BART’s daily weekday ridership has been increasing steadily for several weeks, the path to regaining ridership will be a slow climb and the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the agency's short and long-term operating budget shortfalls.

As of mid-October, BART ridership hovers at 13% of pre-COVID levels and may not exceed 40% by the end of fiscal year 2020-21.

Ridership drives the operating budget because BART relies on fare revenue more than most transit agencies. About 70% of operating revenue comes from fares.