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BART directors to meet today on possible fare cuts

18 public meetings planned to hear from public on proposed change

BART will hold a public hearing today that is the first in a series of 18 community meetings over the next 12 days to get the public's input on a proposal to temporarily reduce fares.

At the workshops, the transit agency also wants to hear about what constitutes a proposed service or fare change that is significant enough to trigger an internal civil rights review aimed at avoiding discriminatory effects.

During these reviews, BART will hold public workshops and target communications toward low-income, minority and other traditionally underrepresented communities.

BART says it seeks public input in defining what constitutes a "major service change."

In the future, a major service change will determine when BART will hold community meetings to seek public input before significant service changes are implemented.

By attending one of the upcoming meetings and providing input, residents can play an active part in developing that important definition.

The first meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the San Francisco Chinatown Community Center at 663 Clay St. in San Francisco.

Details about all 18 meetings are available at www.bart.gov.

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