The average BART user will have to pay about 20-cents more per ride.
BART’s Jim Allison blames falling tax revenues and state budget cuts.
“BART is facing a four year deficit of $249 million and what the BART board of directors has decided to do is to take a scheduled January 2010 fare increase and move it up by six months.”
The Bay Area isn’t alone. Sacramento Regional Transit officials just approved new fare hikes that’ll go into effect in September.
Meantime, contract negotiations for BART continue this week, as officials work to avert a union strike that could begin as early as July 9th.