And they seem to have a point, so I’m posting this press release. The current AirBART works great and only costs $3. Why mess with a good thing?
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, representing the 900 front line workers for the Bay Area Transit system (BART), support any development in Bay Area transit that improves service, increases safety, lowers cost for riders and saves money for the BART system. The proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line to the Oakland Airport appears to do just that.
BART’s proposed Oakland Airport Connector will do just the oppositie: it will go just three miles, have no intervening stops and cost BART riders at least $12 roundtrip on top of the price of their BART ticket. The original cost of this project was estimated at $130 million. It has now skyrocketed to the current estimate of $538 million. Who knows where it will stop?
We don’t think this is the way to go. At a time when BART is considering fare increases and service cuts to the existing system, it is fiscally irresponsible to commit to a half-billion-dollar projectd to save two minutes. According to TransForm, the Bus Rapid Transit line could be put in place for as little as $40 million and cost riders nothing. We believe this is a critical contribution towards the long-term sustainabilit of BART’s finances.