Station closures, mass layoffs, no weekend service: BART lays out doomsday scenario

SAN FRANCISCO ( KRON ) — Sixty minutes between trains, closed stations, and a discontinuation of weekend service are some of the measures BART is apparently considering when federal emergency funds run out in 2025. In a post on the BART website, the transit agency laid out what it described as a financial crisis, imploring riders to “Don’t Let BART Go Broke!”

Since the onset of the pandemic three years ago, BART has been receiving financial support in the form of federal funding to make up for a massive loss in revenue from ridership falling off. Now, although the pandemic has largely receded on a health basis, its lasting impact on the Bay Area apparently still threatens the future of BART.

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“We are in an unprecedented moment, with the survival of BART at risk,” the post reads. “While many workers, students, and our neighbors who depend on BART to continue to ride, others have returned to transit more slowly and less frequently,” the post reads. “The Bay Area has the highest work-from-home rates in the nation, and slowest downtown recovery, resulting in fewer commute trips.”

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