NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

TO CONSIDER A PROPOSAL TO IMPLEMENT

A REGIONAL BUS AND FERRY FARE RESTRUCTURE PROGRAM

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, September 22, 2005, at 9:00 a.m., in the Board Room, Administration Building, Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, San Francisco, CA, to receive public comment on a proposal to implement a Regional Bus and Ferry Fare Restructure Program.  It is proposed that a simplified Regional Bus and Ferry Fare Restructure Program be presented to the District Board of Directors in October 2005, to allow implementation of the proposal in early 2006.

The District’s current fare structure is complex, with many possible cash fares to choose from in the fare zone matrix.  The fare system and associated policies apply to four inter-related public transit services: GGT regional bus, Golden Gate Ferry, Marin County Transit District local bus, and GGT bus service across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.  The proposal consists of the following changes to the current fare ordinance:

  • Consolidate regional bus fare zones 7 and 9 with zone 2; and consolidate regional bus fare zone 8 with zone 3.  Eliminate zones 7, 8, and 9 from the regional bus fare matrix.
  • Remove local Marin County bus fares from the regional zone fare matrix and establish a separate fare table for local Marin bus travel.
  • Remove local East Bay and inter-county East Bay bus fares from the regional fare zone matrix and establish a separate table for East Bay bus travel.  Set the inter-county bus fare from the East Bay to all points in the District’s service area at the current zone 10 to zone 3 fare.  Eliminate zone 10 from the regional bus fare matrix.
  • Redefine the ferry youth fare category from ages 6 through 12, to ages 6 through 18, to be consistent with the current bus youth fare category definition.
  • Increase the discount for the regional bus and ferry youth fare category to 50% of the adult cash fare from the current 25% to be consistent with discounts provided to seniors and persons with disabilities.
  • Eliminate the weekend ferry family fare plan category.
  • Eliminate the ferry children and senior group fare categories.
  • Establish Translink® as the Golden Gate Transit bus and Golden Gate Ferry regional fare card to eventually replace Bus Ride Value Tickets and Ferry Frequent Rider Tickets, expand the convenience of pre-paid fares to youths, seniors and persons with disabilities, and offer automatic fare collection to all District regional transit customers. 

 

A staff report on this proposal was presented to the Finance-Auditing Committee on August 12, 2005.  An additional staff report for the public hearing will be available after September 16, 2005, and may be obtained from Janet S. Tarantino, Secretary of the District, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, P.O. Box 9000, Presidio Station, San Francisco, CA, 94129-0601, or by using TDD California Relay Service, 800-735-2929 or at http://www.goldengate.org/organization/publichearings.html.

Public comments will be received at the public hearing or may be presented in writing to the Secretary of the District at the above address.  Comments may also be sent by e-mail to publichearing@goldengate.org.  Written comments should be received no later than 4:30 p.m., September 22, 2005.

The public hearing location is accessible to everyone.  To request special assistance to enable persons with disabilities to participate at this public hearing, please call the District Secretary’s Office at 415-923-2223 two days before the hearing date.

/s/ Janet S. Tarantino, Secretary of the District. Dated at San Francisco, California, this 23rd day of August, 2005.