We've been hearing from a lot of you about what you think are BART's biggest problems. Many people have been asking us why BART doesn't adopt turnstiles like those in New York or Washington D.C. Well as it turns out, those barriers aren't very effective either at preventing gate dodgers either.
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You might think New York's gates and turnstiles look impenetrable but you'd be wrong.
2:25PM Between Civic Center and Powell BART Stations. Not everyone is happy with the stepped up efforts of Fare Inspectors. Kudos to this officer for keeping her cool - when someone else loses it. https://t.co/RFxuseggrK#BETTERBAYAREA @kenmiguel pic.twitter.com/R8wB0RJsUY— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) February 12, 2019
Fare evaders in New York City finding all kinds of ways to avoid paying for the subway. Passengers say they see it all time.
New York transit authorities estimate that 4-percent of riders on the subway are not paying to ride.
That's about the same as on BART, authorities here say 4 to 5-percent of riders are skipping fares. BART says those evaders cost the agency as much as $25-million in lost fares.
2:04PM 16th Street Station Fare inspector are on the job checking for fare evaders. No BART ticket will get you a different type of ticket. https://t.co/RFxuseggrK#BETTERBAYAREA @kenmiguel pic.twitter.com/gSBBxCQrgH— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) February 12, 2019
In Washington, D.C., a system built very similarly to BART, but with twice as many riders, the rate is much higher. Nearly 3 times higher, 11.4-percent, that works out to be more than 9 million stolen rides a year.
So what is BART doing to solve the problem? The agency is experimenting with new gates like this one that are harder to slip through whether they will help keep people from jumping over them is another question.