BART Riders Get a Break

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    Natalia Envy
    This BART rider might be able to afford a pair of pants now.

    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.