Violent crimes increase 115% on BART

Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Violent crime on BART – including robberies and aggravated assaults – increased by 115% over the past 5 years, the Alameda County Grand Jury announced in a report released Tuesday. 

In the grand jury’s findings from 2018-2019, it was also discovered that BART lost 8% of its ridership since its peak in 2016.

There are four “quality of life issues” that apparently discourage ridership on BART:

  • Homelessness
  • Cleanliness of the trains and stations
  • Fare evasion 
  • Security and perception of safety

According to the report, BART’s average weekday ridership has steadily declined from its 2016 peak of 433,400 riders to 407,600 in 2019 – that’s a loss of 6% fewer passengers each weekday than three years ago.

Forecasted ridership for 2020 is predicted to be even lower, especially on weekends, despite a 2% increase in the Bay Area’s population from 2016 to 2018, the grand jury report indicated. 

Here’s a breakdown of the crime statistics as found by the grand jury:

  • 128% increase in robberies
  • 83% increase in aggravated assault
  • 115% increase in overall violent crime

>> Click here to see the full 2018-2019 Alameda County Grand Jury Final Report. 

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