BART Expanded Youth Discount is Cost Effective for Teens

BART Expanded Youth Discount is Cost Effective for Teens

BART Expanded Youth Discount is Cost Effective for Teens

I’m Ed Smith, a Pittsburg Personal Injury Lawyer. Young people are going crazy at the sight of the new and improved teen discounts being offered by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). In the first month that the discount was released, the number of people that took advantage of the deal skyrocketed past all expectations. In the month of January, there was a 200% increase in the percentage of registered teens.

Young Commuters Are Overjoyed by the Recent Changes

Prior to the expansion of the youth program, children that relied on BART for day-to-day transportation faced some undeniable inconveniences. Several teens have reported that the age expansion for the new youth discount has given them the opportunity to save money for their own automobile, school supplies, and more. Others have just expressed their delight in having a little extra money on the side.

In effect as of January 1, 2018, teens ages 18 years or younger qualify for a 50 percent discount on BART tickets. Prior to the new year, the discount was only eligible for those between the ages of 5 – 12 and was a 62.5% price reduction. Lowering the discounted price allowed the agency to extend the discount to a larger proportion of riders.

During January of 2017, the number of rides where the youth discount was used did not exceed 35,847. Exactly one year later, the rate jumped all the way up to 109,325 total rides. This extreme jump in numbers was reported from data gathered by BART officials.

BART Makes Commuting Easy For Long-Distance Teen Travelers

The program admittedly isn’t all peaches-and-cream, as all good things come at a cost: in this instance, a whopping value of $4 million will be lost for the district. However, this is the sacrifice that BART is willing to make to promote young riders to pay – as opposed to hopping the fare gates.

The long-distance riders can save big bucks by hopping on board with this program – saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars, depending on the frequency and length of their travels. This new policy aligns BART with the majority of other local transit districts that are working to compensate for the rising financial crisis of the Bay Area.

BART has a full schedule over the next few months, with more than 30 outreach events to educate youth riders from all over the area about the refined program. In addition, they plan on meeting school superintendents to inform all faculty to spread the word to their students, who could be positively impacted by this discount.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Pittsburg Personal Injury Lawyer. It can be challenging to face the aftermath of an accident alone. If someone you love was hurt or killed by a negligent party, don’t hesitate to reach out to me by calling (925)-428-5220 or (800)-404-5400 for friendly advice that is free of charge. You can also connect with me online.

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