Parking fees to increase at multiple stations in January

Are they F'ING kidding us? $40-60 a month just for parking?

"There will be a $0.50 daily parking fee increase at many stations in the month of January, 2014. All revenue generated from these new fees will be placed into a special account only to be used for programs for improved station access, including shuttle and feeder service to stations, and much needed station rehabilitation, and modernization."


It's still a LOT cheaper to ride BART. For example, let's say you live someplace near Walnut Creek and work in the city. The costs work out to something like the following:

Monthly parking at the 5th and Mission garage: $305

$6 toll x 20 working days: $120

46 miles round-trip x 20 working days x $0.55/mile: $506

For a total of $931

Walnut Creek to Powell $10.20 round-trip x 20 working days: $204

Parking at Walnut Creek $1.50 x 20 working days: $30

For a total of $234. Even if you went with a reserved parking spot at BART (I can't find the exact price, but let's call it $100/month) the total is still only $304, which is still less than the parking alone in San Francisco...

Are you serious? Those of us who bike or walk to stations have been saving those who drive to BART money since day one. Fares are expensive partly because of the cost to construct the massive BART parking infrastructure (something like 43,000 spaces), yet people who bike and walk have been subsidizing those costs by paying the same fares as those who drive and demand plentiful car parking. The nominal $1-2 parking charges that have been in place the last few years don't come close to covering the huge cost of constructing parking lots and garages.

Train Operator since 2003's picture

The problem is not bicyclists, the problem is lack of parking garages.

BART wants people to leave their cars at home and shlep their gear to a bus stop, wait in the weather, take a tour around town, shlep their gear up to a platform and wait some more. Once on the train people can be reminded of how fortunate they are by the ever increasing amounts of unfortunates sleeping off their drugs and booze soiling themselves and fouling the air. All this and the passengers can hear commuters in their warm comfortable pleasant smelling cars rumbling off in the distance. They do this like soldiers off to the crusade of fortune to ward off unfortune for they know the indignity to do otherwise will have them sleeping on the trains soiling themselves as well.

BART needs more parking garages not more fees.

But hey, that's BART management for you...Managing you, your time, and your money all the while challenging your immune system.

I hope this helps you understand the joke and that yes, you are the butt of it.

no buses to and from BART during late hours! i would love to leave the car at home and walk or ride a bike but I work too late and live in Antioch! Even from Bay Point, you could get to BART on the bus, but you can't get home and cab service is most undependable in the East Bay.

More Parking Garages would be so nice!

There are still bike lockers and bike racks to maintain

I'm just plain tired of BART and ready to drive because my employer is sick of me having to run for the BART train anyway. At least they'll shell out the $35.00 a day to Park and $4.00 for the bridge.

Yes, people and their stupid luggage should pay for two plus seats on an SRO train. BART runs five car trains packed with travelers and their luggage at midnight. Love that SMART BART MANAGEMENT. I hope they get theirs SOOOOOOOOON.

Hey DUI Dorothy Duggert can afford to buy her own private BART garage with what she made off of BART without even working for it!

TreoBART's picture

I think the eventual hard cap of $3 is still plenty low enough considering the price of parking at any other paid spot, anywhere. When was the last time you even found a parking meter that's less than 50 cents an hour? $1 for all day parking was ridiculously low. We're just lucky they didn't decide to slam everybody all at once.

BART should actually be higher, they should be the same price as when they opened (adjusted for inflation plus any additional cost due to aging).

In most places BART is less than $2 and gets you two cities away, and 24hour parking for less than $3 is a steal in today's money.

As you can see from the numbers above, BART costs 26% of what it costs to drive ($234 vs $904). That's hardly "just...under" what it costs to drive.