Bay Area Buzz

My blog on the issues facing the Bay Area, California, and the U.S; and of course, some personal observations.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Elastic BART

Today was a spare the air day. While generally this would be a negative event, for the 1st five spare the air days of the year BART is offering free morning commutes. As a result, BART this morning was packed. An BART officer monitoring the platform at Dublin/Pleasanton noted that it was much busier than it's been in a long while.

As such, it appears BART is, at least at the further out ends of the BART system, an elastic good. I have railed in the past on how expensive BART is becoming, and from what it looked like this morning, a number of people have been choosing alternative options. Maybe, the directors will get the hint and drop prices further out on the system, but I suppose that would be asking for too much.