Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District

February 2, 2017

PUBLIC COMMENTS REQUESTED FOR NEW FIVE-YEAR FARE PLAN PROPOSAL

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District has a new five-year fare plan proposal to increase fares for ferry, bus, and para-transit services to help address a five-year projected deficit of $51 million. This fare plan continues past practice of adopting fare changes in a five-year package. It differs from earlier five-year fare plans in that previously, fares were raised by five percent in each of the five years in the program, while this program generally applies lower percentage increases that average four percent.

There are two options under consideration for Golden Gate Transit fare increases. One option is to raise fares by a straight four percent for all routes. The second option selectively raises fares by four percent or less to make the percentage of operating costs covered by fares throughout the system more equitable and more consistent with the Board-adopted goal that fares should cover 25% of operating cost expenses.

There are also two options for consideration for Golden Gate Ferry fare increases. Both options include four percent fare increases. Both also aim to standardize fares from Tiburon and Sausalito to San Francisco, due to their similarities in service. One option completes the standardization by year three of the fare plan, while the other completes it in year two.

The District also proposes to simplify the outdated and complex transfer policy. New and more direct service implemented over recent years permits the reduction of allowable transfers from 3 to 2, and the allowable transfer window from 4 hours to 3 for regional travel (3 hours to 2 for local travel), without adversely impacting riders. The simplification would significantly reduce the administrative burden of maintaining the fare program.

Click HERE to read the Staff Report presented to the Finance-Auditing Committee on January 27, 2017.

Haga clic AQUÍ para leer el Informe del Personal presentado al Comité de Auditoría de Finanzas el 27 de enero de 2017.

Three open houses have been scheduled in order to provide information and answer questions (view outreach materials). They are:

Wednesday, February 8
4-6 p.m.

Whistlestop
930 Tamalpais Avenue
San Rafael, CA

Monday, February 13
4-7 p.m.

Petaluma Arts Center
230 Lakeville Street
Petaluma, CA

Thursday, February 16
4-6 p.m.

Marguerita C. Johnson Senior Center
630 Drake Avenue
Marin City, CA

There is a final public hearing scheduled for February 23rd at 9:30 a.m. in the Golden Gate Bridge District Board Room at the Administration Building located next to the toll plaza.

Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017. Comments may be submitted:

  • In person by attending any of the public meetings.
  • By email at publichearing@goldengate.org.
  • In writing to Secretary of the District, GGBHTD, PO Box 9000, Presidio Station, San Francisco, CA 94129-0601.

Media Contact:
Priya Clemens, Public Information Manager
pclemens@goldengate.org

General Inquiries:
Golden Gate Customer Service Center
415-455-2000
customerservice@goldengate.org
Hours of operation are Monday - Friday only, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.