Public transportation’s afflicted with problems of chronic money shortage.  Case in point: BART’s considering a fare hike during peak hours because the subway system’s being pushed to its limits by — in no particular order — too many passengers, ominous gas prices, overloaded city roadways and the giant gaping hole in the planet’s ozone layer.  Also, communists.

As things stand now, BART’s able to ferry some 500,000 people to and from work every day.  Still, half a million people is a tight load, BART spokesman Linton Johnson says apologetically.  Therefore, they have a clever plan.  And that’s to turn the average BART rider upside down and shake the dimes and pennies from his pockets. read more »