Video: BART chief calls for pandemic aid

BART General Manager Bob Powers has joined a national coalition of the country’s leading public transportation agencies calling for significant and immediate emergency federal relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

BART's daily ridership has dropped from 410,000 to 50,000 and the agency is seeking federal dollars to help it through the pandemic. A majority of those who now use BART are workers whose households bring in less than $50,000 annually, while 75 percent are minority riders, Powers noted.

The agency is facing a $210 million deficit over current and following fiscal year and Powers says the current level of service is not sustainable without federal help.

MTC has partnered with BART over the years.


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