Get Paid For Traveling In San Francisco After Rush Hour
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.