It’s no secret that riders have been piling onto BART in record numbers in the past five or so years as the Bay Area, and San Francisco in particular, enjoys healthy economic activity.
Social media is chock full of commute woes on a daily basis (just type in #BART on Twitter). But there are hard numbers supporting your more crowded commute: BART says its average weekday ridership has increased by more than 100,000 people since 2010, and now stands at 430,000, per the Chronicle
— which used to be the kind of crowd you'd only see when the Giants won the World Series.
That’s a lot of bodies. But not only is it crowded, BART is expensive — and there's no "monthly pass" or other discount for suffering the ignominy of being stuffed into a tube on the bottom of the Bay twice a day.
But they are trying to do something about it, as in paying you to tweak your travel habits. If you’re lucky enough to have an employer who’s flexible with your schedule, or if you have the ability to set your own hours because you’re the boss of you, you could finally get close to enjoying on BART one of those heavy-use discounts enjoyed by the riders of virtually every other transit agency in the known universe.