This is where the budget is at
Check out the pie chart. It shows that BART’s front line workers - the people who operate the system day in, day out - make up just 21% of BART’s total budget. Earlier, BART executives claimed that “nearly 75% of the operations budget is worker-related” and called for layoffs and cutbacks for front line workers, and service reductions for BART riders.
The same chart shows that Capital expenditures - projects like the ill-advised $522 million Oakland Airport Connector that executives are pushing, the never-implemented Advanced Automatic Train Control project, which BART executives wasted $200 million on, and hundreds of millions of dollars in outside “consulting” fees — make up the majority of BART expenditures. What makes more sense - cutting BART service or cutting executive waste and mismanagement? We think waste.