In 1957, the state legislature formed the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District – composed of the counties of Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Alameda and San Francisco. In 1961, a final engineering plan was submitted to the supervisors of all the counties. San Mateo and Marin counties ended up rejecting the plan, however the rest of the counties approved it and BART went forward. Construction officially began in June 1964.
What to do with this extra cash? If Governor Jerry Brown's $611 million budget is approved, BART officials are proposing to spend it on new seat covers and cushions, cleaning up silver cars, improving escalators, upgrading the system's rail to make the trains quieter and possibly run trains late at night. The surplus is the result of an increase in the number of riders, sales tax revenue and a hiring freeze a few years ago. The next BART fair increase isn't scheduled until July 2012.
Paid for by Phil Ting for Assembly 2012. FPPC ID# 1343137