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Parking fees to rise to $3 Jan. 26 at BART stations serving Pleasanton

Assessment shows stations near parking capacity, triggering fee hike formula

Parking fees will jump to $3 a day Jan. 26 at the two BART stations serving Pleasanton - West Dublin/Pleasanton next to Stoneridge Shopping Center and East Dublin/Pleasanton at Hacienda.

The increase comes after an assessment of parking lot usage showed that the two stations' lots are usually filled to capacity, which triggered the BART system's formula for increasing the daily

parking fees by by 50 cents, according to agency officials.

The station assessments are made every six months.

Stations serving Pleasanton aren't alone. Fees also are being raised to $3 Jan. 26 at the Ashby, Castro Valley, Colma, El Cerrito Del Norte, El Cerrito Plaza, Glen Park, MacArthur, North Berkeley and San Bruno stations.

The same $3 fee goes into effect a few days earlier, Jan. 20, at the Fremont, Fruitvale, Lafayette, Lake Merritt, Orinda, Pittsburg/Bay Point, Pleasant Hill, Rockridge, San Leandro,

Union City and Walnut Creek stations

Also starting Jan. 26, it will cost $7 to park at the West Oakland station and $2.50 at the South San Francisco station.

A few days earlier, on Jan. 20, the parking fees will be raised to $2.50 at the Bay Fair station and $1.50 at the Richmond and South Hayward stations.

BART passengers are required to pay the station's listed parking fee on weekdays from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parking fees will remain at $2 at the Millbrae station and $1 at the Concord, Hayward, North Concord and Oakland Coliseum stations.

The fees will fund programs to improve station access, rehabilitation and modernization, according to transit agency officials.

Jamey Padojino, Bay City News, contributed to this report.

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9 people like this
Posted by Awfulfarder
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2015 at 8:31 am

Too bad they don't take some of the outrageous compensation they are paying BART employees and build more parking.


5 people like this
Posted by BART was sold based on FREE parking
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 5, 2015 at 8:54 am

They also promised and claimed to budget to include Livermore when they went to the voters, took the money*, but apparently never had any intention of building it.
Here's a news article with a current map showing the extensions to the system.

Web Link

Note that they show Milpitas, San Jose, and Santa Clara as "Proposed", but NOT Livermore.

*Livermore has been paying both sales and property tax for over 40 years, and BART took state and federal funds based on building the "whole" system to Livermore, but never did. Santa Clara County voted not to join, and did not pay.They also left off End Of the Line Parking at Pleasanton/Dublin, claiming it was not the end of the line, and actually sold the land off for Pack and Stack apartment buildings.


2 people like this
Posted by The map is Image #4
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

The link seems to go to the whole article, which is interesting,
but you have to scroll over to see the map that shows Nada for Livermore.
Not even a dashed line for "future: or "promised".
And there's now a Lexus Lane in the freeway in BART's right of way.


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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

I made the mistake of taking BART into the city to attend a NYE party. While I can go into the details of the horrid experience, I will point out that the maps in the train I was on did indeed show Livermore AND San Jose as a "future site".


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Posted by highdiver
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2015 at 6:20 pm

And if lots continue to stay full at $3, a rate increase is not far off, imagine $10 to park. The parking fee + transit rate competes with driving to work or whereever. If it costs more to take Bart than drive what would you do? How early are you willing to get up in the morning to get a Bart parking spot?


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Posted by Anti-Public unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Yup Highdiver, I agree. They're going to price themselves right OUT of the market. We knew that during their greedy extended strike. The money to 'support and finance' their greedy excesses has to come FROM SOMEWHERE !!! Remember, their brilliance does NOT match their greed!
They better tread carefully, gas prices are down, so many will flip them off and say adios!


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Posted by Pleasantonian
a resident of Mission Park
on Jan 6, 2015 at 8:35 am

Pleasantonian is a registered user.

I wonder how many people get away with parking in the Stoneridge parking lot instead of the Bart parking garage. I went to the mall yesterday right at 10AM and there were people walking from the Stoneridge lot across to the Bart station. There were easily 100-200 cars parked there. Wonder if the tow/ticket those cars?


1 person likes this
Posted by Gina
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 6, 2015 at 8:36 am

Livermore has been paying into the system for 40 years.. but the efforts to finalize the extension to Livermore have been thwarted by the Livermore residents who keep voting down the extension. Not sure why BART wants to tax the residents more when they have already been paying and the "outlet mall" could fund the whole project.
Yet the Pleasanton residents did not vote on having a second station built... only 2 miles from the existing one.
Something is very wrong here.


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Posted by roger Smith
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2015 at 10:32 am

I priced the cost of parking and the ticket price to Oakland airport and found it is much cheaper to just drive there and park in a off airport parking lot.
So why would I go through the hassle of taking BART which has so many issues. The other day after Thanksgiving I took BART home from Oak Airport and had to wait for 25 minutes at the Collisium Station for a train to Pleasanton. This was a weekday daytime.


1 person likes this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm

"The fees will fund programs to improve station access, rehabilitation and modernization, according to transit agency officials."

Translation - the fees will go to support more union jobs and more raises.

How stupid do the BART officals think we are?

I thought the whole idea behind BART was to give the citizens a cost effective and reliable mode of alternate transportation. Raising rates, whether for parking or for tickets is doing the opposite.

In order to get more cars off the road you need to build multistory parking garages. This seems to be a more sensible use of any fee increase.


1 person likes this
Posted by J
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 6, 2015 at 2:11 pm

As long as the parking lots fill up by 7:30 AM, they aren't charging too much.


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Posted by Tom Foolery
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 6, 2015 at 2:29 pm

BART needs to keep raising rates due to its own inefficiency. All you need to do is ride BART to either SF or Oakland airport to learn the loopholes in the system. Anybody paying full fare on BART is a sucker.


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Posted by rider
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2015 at 8:19 pm

I would not mind the extra parking fee IF the fees went to increasing the capacity of parking at that station. Otherwise this is just a money grab. Looks like BART is just trying to find new ways to discourage people from using public transportation.


1 person likes this
Posted by Anti-Public unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Of course rider, it is a money grab to meet their obscene pay scale...pure money greed...and, stupid public allow this theft against the public...the fools who believe their lies and agree to ideas they think will get new money. Nope, these cons are always to just meet the outrageous payroll of very greedy union employees.


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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 7, 2015 at 9:30 am

I agree with all of the above. Can you tell me how we can afford the "super or bullet" train that is going to
go from Northern California to Southern California and will be finished when Governor Brown stated when he is 92!
How much is that going to cost per ticket? The cost is in the billions and yet we can't provide for Livermore that
has been paying for 40 years.
You might be lucky Livermore, because I believe the crime rate has gone higher since the Stoneridge stop has come
into effect in Pleasanton.


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Posted by Idaho
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 7, 2015 at 11:36 am

@Gina you are aware that BART is subsidized by the federal gov't as well. All those out-of-state taxpayers will never receive any benefit from BART.


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Posted by Anti-Public unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2015 at 11:38 am

Yikes! Can you imagine masses of PUBLIC union operators (like BART) if we get the train to nowhere??? Jerry gave us CA PUBLIC unions 30+ years ago, that will keep CA broke forever. Aside from breaking CA taxpaying workers (not the HALF who don't work OR PAY taxes) his train will further burden us, and when under way will give us MORE of the same union nightmare we regularly experience with the likes of BART employees (I couldn't use the workers in their case, simply employees).
DO we want to pay for the train to nowhere and do we want new, but more of the same union nightmares. And, we certainly do NOT want a LAW that we are forced to pay them SO MUCH they will never strike that would also be another kiss of death.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 7, 2015 at 1:26 pm

@Idaho...are you aware that California pays more in federal tax then it spends? So yes, some of the federal dollars should subsidize BART because Californians are paying the federal government to do so. By the way, Idaho spends more federal money than it pays to the federal government. Just saying.


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Posted by Parking Lots Fill Up Because
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 8, 2015 at 8:42 am

The parking lots fill up BECAUSE
BART sold the ground level parking lots to a developer for multi story stuffed together apartments. Both BART and the developer laughed all the way to the bank. Most of the people who live in those "instant slums" also have cars and need to park - foolish to think they depend on BART to go lots of place BART doesn't.

There should have been MUCH MORE parking, esp. since the Pleasanton Station is effectively the End of the Line. All that land was vacant when the station was built.
People who live farther east drive to ride BART.
IF you really want to get all those cars off the road, reduce traffic, etc. you need to provide the place to park them. Free, as they promised.
You are right, $3 is just Greed, and will make riding too expensive.
BART also built a parking lot in Livermore, for that "promised station", but tried to sell that off too.


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Posted by Roger- Drive to the Airport
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2015 at 9:02 am

Roger- Where's your Commutertee Spirit?
Just because the cost and hassle of BART and the new very expensive BART tram to the Airport is so much more than just driving and using one of the many Parking facilities there,
HOW can you abandon the Experience of riding a regional train system?
If you drive you'll probably never experience getting mugged,
having someone hang over you from the grimy straps that were originally NOT installed, because Everyone Will Have a Seat.
Or YOU would probably be that Strap Hanger, standing and lurching with your luggage in the aisle at your feet.

Fruitvale entertainment?
Or watching the drama as thugs take over the train, or cause a Ruckus, and then sass the minimal BART Police, who can't be everywhere, not even to protect your car in their lot, if you should make it back.(Don't forget the number so you can pay again for another Free feature.)
What about the feeling of dragging your luggage on escalators that don't work,
or into a bathroom that is probably locked?
Join the great unwashed, support the system!


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Posted by He might want to get there on time?
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 8, 2015 at 9:14 am

If you want to get to Livermore from Lafayette, what used to be a single BART,
now requires 3 different trains, waits on the platforms for each one, and then maybe a bus ride.
Took me about an Hour and A Half, just to get to Pleasanton, to go what would've been a 20 minute drive. And that was without any "unusual" BART delays.


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Posted by FnSuite
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 9, 2015 at 8:34 am

@Roger, thanks for sharing the tip of the iceberg.


1 person likes this
Posted by Don't forget their Elevators
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2015 at 8:54 am

If you find one that is open,
they also serve as Toilets on the BART system.
Watch where you step!


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 9, 2015 at 9:16 am

@Parking Lots Fill Up Because....Wasn't our own Erlene DeMarcus on the BART board when all this was going on? The developer even named a street after her, the one that wraps around the parking lot. Sounds to me like a whole lot of hanky panky going on.


1 person likes this
Posted by bart commuter
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Jan 9, 2015 at 2:37 pm

as long as the lot is full, the price will increase every year. this is according to Bart. Since Bart mostly consists of people driving in from Tracy and the valley, the lot will always be full because people have to drive in from those areas. Come July it will be 3.50, in Jan 2016 it will be 4.00 and will continue until the lot is no longer filled.

thats the way the Parking fees are written up (Web Link)

"Parking lot usage is evaluated every 6 months. If the lot at a station is full, then the daily parking fee may increase by 50¢. If the lot is less than 95% full, then the fee may decrease by 50¢. BART's parking fee policy has a $3 parking daily fee maximum, except at West Oakland. All revenue generated from these new fees will be placed into a special account to be used only for programs for improved station access, including shuttle and feeder service to stations, and much needed station rehabilitation and modernization. If you use your Clipper card to pay for your parking, your autoload amount will be adjusted. Please consult www.BART.gov/parking for details."


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Posted by rider
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2015 at 8:32 pm

Does not seem right that the stations at the end of the line have to pay more if the parking lots are full. Much of those parking there are those who drive in from the east and park at the Pleasanton stations since they are the first two stations. Those of us living in the Tri-Valley will have to pay more for the parking since those from outside the area park here.

The purpose of BART is to keep people off the highways so we do not have to keep adding freeway infrastructure. That being the case, BART should keep building parking lots until they are not always full, and there should not be the high parking fee. They should be encouraging people to take public transportation, not discouraging people.


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Posted by BART should use the money to pay for buses
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2015 at 3:33 pm

If they had any integrity,
BART should use the money to pay for more buses to get Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton people to the station.

One problem is the buses are slow, infrequent and unreliable.
Most people need to know how long it will take to get somewhere on time.
Often the bus for home leaves the station just before the train arrives, so you wait in the wind for the next.

Much easier faster to drive to the free parking that was promised, EXCEPT it is not there. The parking lots are now multi story apartment buildings.
Just like the Livermore station that was also promised, but never built
They are from BART, you can trust them? !

Note that BART will tell you they do NOT answer to local or state laws, Fire or Building codes, or Fire Departments.
They are regulated only by the CaPUC,
the same people who brought you the PG&E gas explosions, AND
the huge BART Bay Tunnel train fire that killed an Oakland firefighter and injured many, due mostly to extremely flammable plastic interiors, and inadequate tunnel ventilation for the smoke.


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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jan 11, 2015 at 8:28 pm

I am currently out of work, but if enough people were interested, I would rent a van for van pool and transport people to/from Oak or SF. I used to take Bart into the city and some of the cars are really dirty (not to mention some of the "passengers" who live in on the trains.


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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 11, 2015 at 10:19 pm

Sure the BART employees are overpaid, we all know that, but what about management and the BART directors- also overpaid, AND responsible for this boondoggle they call rapid transit!! What a joke this system is, I do recall that we were promised trains to Livermore, free parking, and trains that arrived every 90 seconds. Quit whining about the hourly employees and start paying more attention to what management and the directors are slipping past us, worst run system ever!!


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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 11, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Sure the BART employees are overpaid, we all know that, but what about management and the BART directors- also overpaid, AND responsible for this boondoggle they call rapid transit!! What a joke this system is, I do recall that we were promised trains to Livermore, free parking, and trains that arrived every 90 seconds. Quit whining about the hourly employees and start paying more attention to what management and the directors are slipping past us, worst run system ever!!


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Posted by This End of the line parking will always be full
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 13, 2015 at 10:16 am

As @Rider said, people com from San Joaquin County to park.
So they get up earlier and earlier.
And these are people who have more time than sense, or they wouldn't live that far out and work in the Bay Area.
They do avoid tend the crime in Oakland in the evening.
Usually, if they want to get mugged they need to go tho Stockton,
where the muggers look different, speak a different language.


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Posted by What, No Ebonics?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 13, 2015 at 10:20 am

Maybe some.

Really sad that the DMV gives drivers tests in other languages.

What do they think happens when they cannot read signs
that are in English?


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