Costly Charter Buses Wait in Case of BART Strike

(KRON) – Empty charter buses are standing by to help move passengers in the event of a BART strike and have been doing so since Monday.

The cost of the buses is being paid from Bay Bridge tolls, a Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesperson told KRON 4’s J. R. Stone.

Stone reports that even though the buses haven’t been used as BART talks continue, money is still being spent on them.

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BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost told Stone that some of the charter bus companies “want 100 percent of that down payment, they want us to honor that,” whether they are used or not.

The MTC already approved 1.5 million dollars to be used on these buses, which aren’t operating until a strike is called.

BART officials were unable to provide Stone an exact figure per day. They did say that in a worst-case scenario where every bus vendor charged full price on the bus reservation, that would mean they’d be paying $200,000 a day for unused buses.

Stone says that is certainly the high end estimate. The low end estimate would be in the thousands.

Nevertheless BART says they requested $900,000 from the MTC to reserve the buses for a week.

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