Title VI evaluation of paratransit fare proposals
In 2009, East Bay Paratransit Managers from both AC Transit and BART began working with East Bay Paratransit's Rider Advisory Group, the Service Review Advisory Committee, to develop a proposal for increasing and restructuring fares for East Bay Paratransit ADA service. This effort was intended to restore a relationship between paratransit fares and fixed route fares, the latter of which had been increased more than once in preceding years.
The proposal was also in response to budget crises at both agencies which resulted from the downturn in the economy and the loss of critical tax revenues for transit. A fare proposal has been endorsed by the rider advisory group, The Service Review Advisory Committee, and the Service Review Committee (the executive committee of East Bay Paratransit).
This report is a Title VI analysis to assess how the proposal will affect different rider populations, as well as to determine if the fare proposal results in disproportionately high and adverse effects on minority populations and low-income paratransit riders.
At its meeting on Thursday, July 22, the BART Board of Directors will consider a resolution for East Bay Paratransit Fare Increase and Fare Program Modifications.