BART fares go up next year and 2025

Jerold Chinn
1 min readDec 13, 2023
BART fare gates at Embarcadero station in San Francisco, Calif., Thursday, November 30, 2023. | Photo by Jerold Chinn

BART fares will increase for trips across the Bay Area starting next year for regular riders, but low-income riders will get a bigger trip discount.

The agency announced this week that fares will increase by 5.5 percent starting Jan. 1, 2024. Fares on average will rise about 23 cents to $4.43, BART said. For example, a trip from Downtown Berkeley to Embarcadero will increase by 25 cents to $4.75.

Low-income riders participating in the Clipper Start pilot program will receive a larger discount from 20 percent to 50 percent starting next year. The program is offered through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission which offers transit discounts to Bay Area residents aged 19–64 and earn 200 percent below the federal poverty level.

Earlier this year, BART’s Board of Directors approved the fare increase as part of its budget. Under the agency’s initiative to increase fares every two years based on inflation, riders could have seen an 11 percent increase in fares next year. Instead, the board decided to split the increase between next year and 2025.

BART riders will see another 5.5 percent increase in fares starting in 2025.

The fare increases are expected to bring in $26 million in additional operating funds.



Jerold Chinn

I am a freelance reporter in San Francisco with over a decade of experience covering transportation in the city. Bylines include SFBay and The Ingleside Light.