BART Perks rewards commuters who take early or late trains by giving them extra points to trade for money

Commuting during peak hours of San Francisco rush hour can be a hassle, but for many it’s a necessary evil to get to work on time. To make the trip a little easier, San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system will now pay you to take a trip outside of the city’s busiest times.

Aiming to solve the congestion of the morning rush, BART Perks was developed by senior transportation planner Ryan Greene-Roesel. The system rewards frequent travelers by tracking their journey once they enter the station: if commuters take the train from 6:30am to 7:30am or 8:30am to 9:30am on weekdays, they receive bonus points per mile depending on their status (which changes as they continue to take the rail system). 1000 points can be traded in for $1, or used for a chance to win $100, all of which is paid out through PayPal. Greene-Roesel estimates that if as little as 1,200 people change when they commute, it would be the same as freeing up a 10-car train.

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