Bay Area Rapid Transit riders are getting a break on fares -- albeit one they won't see for a couple of years.
The agency's board of directors voted 7-2 on Thursday to scrap an inflation-linked fare increase set to go into effect in 2012.
BART financial analysts say that means riders will save about 5 cents per trip when spread out over 330,000 daily train riders.
The board voted to use as much as $2.2 million of an unexpected $4.5 million surplus to fund the fare change.
Board President James Fang said the savings to individual riders is small. But he said leaving the overall sum of $2.2 million in consumers' hands will help spur the economy.
BART generally increase fares based on the inflation rate every two years.