BART to run trains
every 15 minutes on nights and weekends
By Jeff Shuttleworth
September 27, 2007
After a 35-year delay, Bay Area Rapid Transit officials have
finally found enough money to upgrade service so that trains will
run every 15 minutes on weeknights and weekends, BART spokesman
Linton Johnson said yesterday.
The upgraded service will start Jan. 1 and was made possible
because the state's budget didn't take as much money away from
BART as had been feared, Johnson said.
Noting that BART celebrated 35 years of passenger service on
Sept. 11, Johnson said shortening the maximum time between trains
on weeknights and weekends from 20 minutes to 15 minutes "has
been 35 years in the making but we finally got around to it."
Johnson said shortening the wait between trains has always been
a goal but until now there wasn't enough money to achieve.
He said that goal will now be accomplished both because enough
money has been found and because upgrading service has become
an even higher priority for BART based on customer surveys.
Effective Jan. 1, trains will arrive at each station at intervals
no longer than 15 minutes apart after 7 p.m. on weeknights and
Saturday nights and all day on Sundays.
BART officials estimate that the added service will cost the
train system $1 million in initial startup costs plus a recurring
net cost of $1 million a year.
They predict that BART will spend about $3 million more annually
on labor, power and maintenance but will take in about $2 million
more annually in fares from more riders.