FREE public transportation/BART
I'd like to add/expand this
Submitted by Big Daddy on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 12:39pm.
I'd like to add/expand this discussion to realistically explore the idea of FREE BART rides.
It's come to my attention that by far the biggest expense of this mode of PUBLIC transportation is the entire money taking aspect. The lion's share of the COST of running BART is in maintaining the employees and infrastructure to charge money for the ride. Think of all those BART employees who's only job it is to take your money. They are the reason that it costs so much money to operate! The ticket agents, the ticket sellers, the ticket combiners, the ticket refunders, the ticket printing machines, the ticket taking machines - all of which are incredibly expensive to buy, run, maintain, etc. The BART cops you need to enforce the ticket buying and processing. The actual cost of printing up millions of magnetic striped tickets. The administrators you need to "manage" the ticket revenue. The benefits that have to be paid for all those ticket related employees.
Can somebody please help with the math? How many employees are there? How much of operating expenses goes to pay them?
If the only BART employees were drivers and maintainers and you didn't need to electrify and maintain thousands of expensive electronic devices then how much would BART actually cost?
Decrease/eliminate costs, ridership will increase dramatically, and taxpayers will gladly chip in a little more to maintain/improve the system and service. To fund wasteful mismanagement and poor, overpriced service, they will balk.
All cities served by BART should chip in. There must be federal funding available as well. Please help contribute meaningfully with facts to fuel this discussion. Thank you for taking an interest in improving our public transportation.