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Let's review the things that happened since BART's ridership started dropping in 2014 that have nothing to do with homeless people riding the train: 1/
1. BART's raised minimum fares a cumulative 19%. (Chart from @danbrekke article here:)…
2. Gas prices plunged by almost 1/3 as fracked oil started hitting the market.
So: driving got cheaper while BARTing got priceier.…
3. Use of ride-hailing apps soared.
According to survey data, these VC-subsidized services definitely cannibalize transit ridership. Ref:…
4. Soaring housing costs in the core have pushed low-income people to places that don't have easy access to BART. (High-income people make less use of transit when they live next to it.) Ref:… /end
(S/o to @lateefahsimon and @JaniceForBART who both raised fare prices in this article.)
@lateefahsimon @JaniceForBART 5. Frequent maintenance-related disruptions to weekend/off-peak service (no pretty chart for this one, sorry!)
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