The Coliseum station on BART had some emergency call boxes installed around April 24, 2019.

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BART Ridership Declines Again

Melissa Culross
May 10, 2019 - 11:44 pm

After peaking in 2016, the number of BART riders has been on the decline, especially in the evenings and on the weekends.

The train system saw a decline in ridership during peak times of the day as well, but that seems to have stabilized, according to BART assistant general manager Pam Herhold.

"We are cautiously carrying forward an assumption that we'll continue to see a continued slight softening in evening and weekend ridership," said Herhold. "Our assumptions for the peak period is that we hold steady."

Fewer people are boarding BART perhaps because ride-on-demand services such as Uber and Lyft offer a convenient alternative. 

Quality of life issues on the system, such as cleanliness and fare cheaters, also are concerning to the agency's board of directors.

Boardmember Liz Ames said she doesn't like what she's seen recently at the Civic Center station where there was loud music and panhandling. 

"I just felt like, you know, this is not, I wasn't comfortable, even though the person was, you know, benign," she said. 

The board is considering BART's budget for next year, which includes a potential fare increase.