The More You Know!

I believe that understanding leads to development even if it doesn’t change opinion or perspective. So while I have the chance I would like to identify fun BART facts I learned about BART in my short time in the Bay Area.

  • BART District is defined by the BART Act Pub. Util. Code, §§ 28500-29757
  • BART Board Directors earned a $1,000 monthly payment in 1957. This salary may only increase with the California Consumer Price Index (By Law) so now it is $1,525 per month pre-tax.
  • BART is one of the first automated train systems in the world, but due to issues with “Automatic Train Control” software, it required Train Operators. Today it is still very much “substantially” automated and watched from a few control towers but after the Fremont Flyer and several other incidents, without a complete overhaul, passenger trains will likely never go without a human train operator at the front. If you’ve taken BART then you’ve probably been in a train that the Train Operator had to take over for failures of the Automatic Train Control system.
  • BART generates funds from several sources starting with a fixed 0.5% sales and use tax from San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties, then fares and other government subsidies.

     Fund FY 2016 FY 2015 FY 2014
    Sales and Use Tax $121,824,128 $233,148,133 $221,149,315
    Fares Estimated –
    $480,800,000
    $463,634,000 $416,573,000
  • Train Trips runs breakdown:
    Route Name Weekday Saturday Sun
    Fremont-Daly City 104 56 0
    Richmond-Millbrae 124 56 0
    Pittsburg-SFO/Millbrae 192 112 100
    Dublin/Pleasanton-Daly City 152 112 100
    Richmond-Fremont 152 112 100
    Total 1101 800 300
  • BART has quarterly reports including statistics and surveys that the BART Board wants for making informed decisions, including on-time performance, ridership, elevator and escalator availability, etc.
    Period On-Time Performance avg. Weekday Ridership Download Report
    FY 2015 Q1
    Jul – Sep 2014
    90.92% 421,336  PDF
    FY 2015 Q2
    Oct – Dec 2014
    86.81% 422,995  PDF
    FY 2015 Q3
    Jan – Mar 2015
    86.91% 418,681  PDF
    FY 2015 Q4
    Apr – Jun 2015
    86.50% 429,178  PDF
     FY 2016 Q1
    Jul – Sep 2015
    88.39% 434,003  PDF
     FY 2016 Q2
    Oct – Dec 2015
    86.75% 431,339  PDF
     FY 2016 Q3
    Jan – Mar 2016
    85.50% 433,585  PDF
     FY 2016 Q4
    Apr – Jun 2016
    89.43% 434,495  PDF