Bay Area Rapid Transit
Weekend Extension Project
California State University, Chico
December 9, 2013
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) requests $5,541,285 to extend train operating hours until 3 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. The Weekend Extension project will provide safe public transportation for the 7.15 million Bay Area Residents (bayareacensus.ca.gov) and decrease drunk driving arrests.
Bay Area Rapid Transit services an average 323,293 weekday riders and 202,887 Saturday riders (bart.gov). The last BART train departs 20 minutes after midnight daily. San Francisco is the main hub of the BART system and offers a diverse nightlife that extends past midnight. Commuters and Bay Area residents are forced to drive to nearby BART servicing areas, if plans extend pass the midnight train departure. According to the 2012 Annual Report of the California DUI Management Information System, in 2010 there were 17,592 DUI arrests in the 4 BART servicing counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and San Mateo.
The goal of The Weekend Extension project is to provide safe, late night public transportation to already servicing areas. Objectives are to include: Extending operational hours to 3 AM to the already servicing 3 main nighttime routes. Increasing ridership and revenue through ticket fares and parking. Decreasing DUI arrests by 25%.
Decreasing possible drunk driving related fatalities by 40%. Increasing jobs by 3% in localities surrounding BART stations. Bay Area Rapid Transit is a heavy-rail pubic transit and subway system connecting four counties in the Bay Area. BART operates five routes on 104 miles of line, with 44 stations averaging more than 500,000 weekly riders (bart.gov). Bart opened in September of 1972 and had a 105.6% ridership increase by 1975. BART has maintained an increase in passengers annually, making it the fifth busiest heavy rail rapid transit system in the United States, according to the American Public Transportation Association. The projected costs of the Weekend Extension project is $11,082,570 for the first three years until internal revenue can support the extended Friday and Saturday hours. Other funding sources include, Advertisement space sales: $950,000
Federal Funding: $4,091,285
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD): $500,000
The idea for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) emerged in 1946 when post- war migration to the area caused congestion among the bridges. Over the next two decades detailed engineering plans were developed for a system that would usher a new era in rapid transit. BART opened in September of 1972 and had a 105.6% ridership increase by 1975. BART has maintained an increase in passengers annually, making it the fifth busiest heavy rail rapid transit system in the United States, according to the American Public Transportation Association. In 2012 BART maintained an average of 366,565 weekday riders (bart.gov). Bay Area residents were forced to find alternative transportation during the closure of the Bay Bridge on August 29 through September 2nd. BART aided residents by running 24 hours throughout the weekend, resulting in a record high of 442,067 riders on Thursday the 29th. BART’s highest achievement of riders occurred on the day of the San Francisco Giants 2012 World Series victory parade assisting 568,061 riders (bart.gov).
On August 23, 2004 BART was named number one transit system in America by the American Public Transportation association in the category of providing 30 million annual passenger trips or more. Recently on August 26, 2013 BART was awarded a $12.8 million dollar grant by The Department of Homeland Security to enhance security and help protect the Transbay Tube, one of BART’s most critical assets.
The appointed BART Commission stated in its final report in 1957 “ If the Bay Area is to be preserved as a fine...
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