BART to Launch Pilot Program for Pass Compatible with All Bay Area Transit Agencies | News

The two-year program is expected to cost about $6 million, according to Eiseman, of which $4.5 million will reimburse transit agencies for fares that are waived using the pass during the first phase.

The second phase, scheduled for early next year, would make transit passes available at up to 10 Bay Area employers, with a focus on employers in certain parts of the Bay Area. area with several public transport options.

The start of the program’s first phase, and the program as a whole, could also be pushed back, Eiseman said, if Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to make public transit free statewide for three months is passed in within the framework of the exercise of the State. budget 2023.

Eiseman estimated that on the program’s current schedule and if the pilot program is successful, a potential permanent regional transit pass could be made available when the next-generation Clipper Card system launches, tentatively scheduled for the second half of 2023.

Board Chair Rebecca Saltzman said she’s glad the first pilot phase will involve public universities because students at schools like UC Berkeley have already applied for a similar global pass, but often graduated before making much progress.

“It’s really hard to do them at community colleges, universities because of that, so having a set curriculum going forward would be incredibly helpful,” she said. “I’m so excited to move things forward and want to see what the pilot shows and how we can make this permanent and expand it.”

Earnest L. Veasey