BART Board Chief: Local Government Needs to Step Up

Responds to Report on Fare Evasion

KCBS Radio Morning News
June 25, 2019 - 7:04 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- BART Board of Directors President Bevan Dufty responded Tuesday to an Alameda County civil grand jury report which painted the transit agency's fare-evasion problem as far worse than BART has acknowledged.

In a KCBS Radio interview, Dufty said cities and counties served by the BART system bear some responsibility for dealing with the social ills that have beset the system. "They need to stand up and provide us some resources," said Dufty.

The grand jury report described a spike in violent crime on the BART system, finding reported incidents had more than doubled between 2014 and 2018.

And the report portrayed the fare-evasion problem, which has drawn significant attention from BART officials, with numbers larger than those BART has been providing. BART has estimated that 5% of riders skip the fare gates, while the grand jury report cited information from a senior manager who put the number at 15%.

Dufty, a former San Francisco supervisor and  homeless czar, drew a connection between the fare-evasion and crime issues on the BART system and the region's explosion in homelessness. He challenged local officials to do more. "You've got to get people shelter, you've got to put them in a navigation center," said Dufty.