BART Riders Could Get Priority Access At SFO's Security Check

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October 17, 2019 - 2:48 pm
A BART train is seen in San Francisco on July 5, 2005.

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BART officials are proposing a plan to give riders access to San Francisco International Airport's priority lines at security checkpoints. 

If the plan is passed, airport employees would be stationed at entrances to TSA priority lanes with handheld scanners to verify that BART passengers used Clipper cards to reach SFO

"We want to encourage public transportation to the airport," said BART spokesman Jim Allison. "Number one, it's easy. And number two, all the people who buy tickets help our bottom line."

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Ridership on BART to the airport fell in 2017 and 2018 after SFO allowed Uber and Lyft drivers to wait at terminals, according to KTVU

BART has been in talks with officials from SFO, SamTrans and some airlines about the idea, Allison said. 

The proposal is scheduled to go before BART's board of directors next week for initial approval.