February 22, 2005

BART Excursion Fares

Category: Transit

logobart.gifSan Francisco: I just got ripped off big time. I was late to catch a train to Berkeley so I ran down into a BART station only to find out that the next train wasn't for 20 more minutes, so I got discouraged and decided to abandon my voyage. I left the same way I came in and was startled to see that I got charged $4.40 - for going nowhere!

It seems BART offers something called an "excursion fare" which allows you to travel the whole system and leave where you got on for the princely sum of $4.40... why anyone in their right mind would want to do that is totally beyond me. I think the fare exists to take advantage of people who second-guess their trips and walk back out. Had I instead traveled just one stop down Market Street and gotten off at the next station, I would have paid $1.25. Outrageous.

Posted by Nick at February 22, 2005 6:42 PM


At first I was as outraged as you when I heard you were burned by this "excursion fare" - but I've figured out what is going on.

The way I see it, if you had two BART tickets and ran them both through the entrance turnstile at your starting destination (once), you could basically work it so you could go back and forth between two stations every day, always appearing to enter and exit at the same station, and only pay full fare once.

So I think the "excursion fare" is just PR speak for "don't pull the two ticket scam" - the right thing to do would be to allow a 10 minute window on this for folks like you who miss their train.

Posted by: spencerbk [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 17, 2005 11:25 AM