May 12, 2005

(For Board:  May 27, 2005)

REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Honorable Board of Directors
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway
and Transportation District

Honorable Members:

A meeting of the Finance-Auditing Committee/Committee of the Whole was held in the Board Room, Administration Building, Toll Plaza, San Francisco, California, on Thursday, May 12, 2005, at 10:45 a.m., Chair Stroeh presiding.

Committee Members Present (9): Chair Stroeh: Vice Chair Pahre; Directors Boro, Cochran, Eddie, Moylan, Reilly and Shahum; President Middlebrook (Ex Officio)

Committee Members Absent (1):  Director Murray

Other Directors Present (3): Directors Dufty, Hernández and Kerns

Committee of the Whole Members Present (12): Directors Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Moylan, Pahre, Reilly, Shahum and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; President Middlebrook

Committee of the Whole Members Absent (7): Directors Ammiano, Brown, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray and Sandoval; First Vice President Harrison

Staff Present: General Manager Celia G. Kupersmith; Auditor-Controller Joseph M. Wire; Secretary of the District Janet S. Tarantino; Attorney Madeline Chun; Deputy General Manager/Bus Division Susan C. Chiaroni; Deputy General Manager/Ferry Division James P. Swindler; Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Teri W. Mantony; Director of Planning Alan R. Zahradnik; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Patsy Whalan

Visitors Present:  Grace Hess, John Glenn Adjusters and Administrators, Inc.; Noble (Rocky) H. Birdsey, Marin Center for Independent Living; Deb Hubsmith, Marin County Bicycle Coalition.

 

1.         Closed Session

Attorney Madeline Chun, at the request of Chair Stroeh, stated that the Committee would convene in closed session to discuss the matter of pending litigation, listed on the agenda as Item No. 5.a., Johansen-Bickel vs. Golden GateBridge, Highway and Transportation District.

After closed session, Chair Stroeh called the meeting to order in open session with a quorum present.  Attorney Chun reported that the Committee provided settlement authority for disposition of the matter.

Action by the Board – None Required

 

2.         Authorize Implementation of a 5% Increase to Regional Bus, Ferry and Paratransit Fares

In a memorandum to Committee, Planning Director Alan Zahradnik and General Manager Celia Kupersmith provided a report presenting staff’s recommendation that regional bus, ferry, and inter-county paratransit fares be increased by 5%. The report stated that the District is in the midst of a financial emergency that has resulted in continued development of strategies to reduce costs and increase revenues.  Since bridge and transit user fees represent the majority of District revenues, fare increases constitute an important revenue enhancement strategy. 

The report also stated that, in line with past fare increases, a fare increase of 5% is proposed in light of the District’s financial need with regards to the Fiscal Year 2006 Operating and Capital budget shortfall of $8 million or $108 million over five years, the cost of inflation and increased transit expenses.  Furthermore, transit ridership is still depressed due to continuing problems with the economy that have delayed job formation and reduced overall travel. Bus service reductions have resulted in decreased bus ridership.  Current transit fare recovery is at 29% (26% for bus and 37% for ferry) and may fall further next year without a fare adjustment.  Staff continues to develop changes to the existing complex fare structure to reduce customer confusion and improve customer convenience with TransLink implementation scheduled for 2006, and develop a five-year strategy for achieving fare recovery and revenue-generation targets.

The report further stated that, regarding the fare for local travel within Marin County on Golden Gate Transit buses, Marin County Transit District (MCTD) and the District attempt to coordinate fares for local rides on local and regional bus routes.  District staff requested that MCTD consider concurrently implementing a local fare increase.  In a letter dated April 12, 2005 (Attachment 2), MCTD responded that it is developing its first Short-Range Transit Plan (SRTP) for completion by November 1, 2005, to include analyses and recommendations concerning fare structure and policy.  As such, MCTD is not considering changes to local bus fares before the completion of its SRTP. 

The report briefly described the types of public comments received during the public comment period that spanned from March 25, 2005, to the date of the fare increase public hearing on April 21, 2005.  During this period, the District received 156 comments related to the fare proposal from 63 individuals.  The report included a detailed list of comments and staff responses in Attachments 3 and 4.  An individual response was prepared by the General Manager to comments made by Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund (TRANSDEF) in Attachment 5, and comments from the District’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility are provided in Attachment 6.  The report noted that this proposed fare increase is statutorily exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act since it is necessary to meet operating expenses.  Staff estimates that the fare increase will generate approximately $600,000 in added revenue.  A copy of the report, with attachments, is available in the Office of the District Secretary.

Public Comment

Rocky Birdsey expressed his concerns regarding the fare increase and the negative impact it would have on the low-income passengers and encouraged the District to petition for Proposition 42 funds from Sacramento.  In response, Ms. Kupersmith stated that the District is working with Marin County Transit District, County of Marin Health and Human Services Department and Homeward Bound of Marin regarding a program of reduced fares for low-income passengers in conjunction with the Translink project.  Also, Ms. Kupersmith stated that the State of California may restore  $1.3 billion in Proposition 42 funds to the state's transportation budget and that the  Metropolitan Transportation Commission may earmark as much as $1 million for the District.   

Staff recommended and the Committee concurred by motion made and seconded by Directors EDDIE/COCHRAN to forward the following recommendation to the Board of Directors for its consideration:

RECOMMENDATION

The Finance-Auditing Committee recommends that the Board of Directors authorizes implementation of a 5% increase to regional bus, ferry and paratransit fares, effective July 1, 2005, as outlined in the attached Ordinance.

Action by the Board – Ordinance

NON-CONSENT CALENDAR

AYES (12):           Directors Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Moylan, Pahre, Reilly, Shahum and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; President Middlebrook

NOES (0):             None

[Notes:  

 1.     Minor errors in calculating the 5% fare increase were discovered in the staff report subsequent to the Finance-Auditing Committee’s review of this item.  These corrections were made and are reflected in the attached Ordinance.

 2.     The above recommendation was forwarded to the Board of Directors meeting of May 13, 2005, for action.]

3.         Review the Draft Fiscal Year 2006 Operating and Capital Budgets

In a memorandum to Committee, Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire and General Manager Celia Kupersmith provided a summary of the development process and general overview of the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Operating and Capital Budget (Fiscal Year 2006 Budget), which contains District workplans, goals and objectives, negotiated pay increases, changes to the Reserve Structure and changes to the Table of Organization.  The report stated that the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Budget continues the multi-year process to change the budget into a policy document that identifies the strategic direction and priorities of the Board of Directors for the budget year.  The report provided an overview of the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Budget, including the following topics:

§          The Budget Development Process;

§           Proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Overview;

§           District Financial Situation;

§           Projected Expenses vs. Budgeted Expenses;

§           Operating & Capital Budget Summary; and,

§           Division Budgets.

The report described changes to the Operating Budget, Capital Budget and Use of Reserves in the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Budget, stating that the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Operating Budget contains $142.1 million in expenses and $141.2 million in revenue, and that the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Capital Budget includes an expenditure of $57.3 million, funded with $6.6 million District funds and $50.7 million federal and state grant funds.  The report noted that the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Operating Budget reduces the projected deficit for Fiscal Year 2006 from approximately $8 million to $900,000 through transit service changes, administrative expense reductions, proposed fare increases and contributions from local partners.  The report also noted that the use of $7.5 million in reserves is necessary to cover the projected operating deficit and the District’s portion of capital expenses in the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Operating Budget.  A copy of the report, including a copy of the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Budget, is available in the Office of the District Secretary.

At the meeting, Joseph Wire provided a verbal overview of the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Budget, noting that the budget is a snapshot of a single year within the District’s five- and ten-year projection period.  He noted that this meeting represents the first of several discussions of the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Budget, which will continue at meetings of the Finance-Auditing Committee in May and June, culminating with final adoption of the Fiscal Year 2006 Budget scheduled for the June 10, 2005 meeting of the Board of Directors.  He stated that proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Budget is the outcome of the strategies established during the previous strategic planning workshops and that further reduction of the deficit will be achieved through the strategic planning workshops held in the fall and winter of 2005 and 2006.  Mr. Wire complimented the staff involved in the preparation of the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Budget, for their efforts in this labor-intensive project.  

Discussion by the Board Relative to the Proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Budget

§           Director Cochran inquired as to whether or not the discussion and possible action regarding establishing bicycle/pedestrian tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge can be brought forward to the Finance-Auditing Committee at its meeting of May 26, 2005, rather than as part of the regularly scheduled discussion with the strategic planning workshops to be held in the fall of 2005, in order to affirm the District’s position of opposition to California State Assembly Bill (AB) 748, which would eliminate the District’s authority to establish bicycle and pedestrian tolls. 

§           Directors Middlebrook, Pahre and Eddie stated that the discussion for establishing bicycle/pedestrian tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge would be more useful in the larger context of the strategic planning workshops, because the revenue is not included in the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Budget.

§           Director Shahum stated that, with regard to establishing bicycle/pedestrian tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge, the information already available provides the framework for discussion and possible action on the matter,

§           Director Boro made the following comments and inquires:

§                     He stated that, in the context of revenue enhancement, the Board of Directors should evaluate the entire costs associated with allowing bicycle and pedestrian access on the Bridge sidewalks, including maintenance and security, versus the financial savings that might be realized with closing the sidewalks.

§                     He inquired as to whether or not the District has an opportunity to eliminate the deficit since the economy has shown improvement and the District has improved project planning.  In response, Mr. Wire stated that despite such efforts, the difficulty in eliminating the deficit lies in the fact that the District is a fee-based agency rather than an expanding business.  In the short-term, the District is essentially balanced from past activities; however, in the process for planning multi-year projects, the budget projections will reflect a shortfall.  In addition, Ms. Kupersmith stated that the deficit would increase if the efficiencies that are embedded in the proposed budget are not implemented.

§                     He commended staff for presenting a more realistic draft budget.  In response, Ms. Kupersmith stated that the District budget reflects a different budgetary approach in which the District better evaluates which projects can realistically be accomplished.    

§           Director Stroeh noted that the District has reduced the deficit from $400 million to $76 million over the past three years through reductions and efficiencies, while continuing work on the Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project without controversy or delay.

§           Director Kerns inquired regarding the funds allocated for the Rail Division.  In response, Ms. Kupersmith stated that the allocation includes administrative costs and fees for maintaining the District-owned railroad right-of-way.

§          President Middlebrook noted that the unusually low Workers’ Compensation payouts reflected in the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Budget are due to the efforts of District staff to better manage Workers’ Compensation cases.  Ms. Kupersmith also noted that incident rates are lower as a result of educating management and staff on how the liability negatively impacts employee benefits.   

§           In response to an inquiry by Director Shahum regarding the District’s eligibility for additional Regional Measure 2 (RM 2) funding, Ms. Kupersmith stated that staff will apply for additional RM 2 funds for any special transit projects. 

§           Director Eddie inquired regarding the reasons for the increase for Fringe Benefits in the Expense category.  In response, Ms. Kupersmith stated that the District has reduced employee expenses through contract negotiations and dispersal of expenses to the employees with contributory insurance fees; however, health benefits costs continue to rise.

Public Comment

Deb Hubsmith endorsed the suggestion made by Director Boro that the District evaluate the cost of enforcement relative to implementation of bicycle/pedestrian tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge and pointed out the difficulty of providing access to emergency services if a toll system infrastructure is constructed on the sidewalk. 

Noble (Rocky) Birdsey expressed his concerns regarding implementation of a bicycle/pedestrian toll on the Golden Gate Bridge, stating that charging tourists to cross the Bridge will have a negative impact on tourism.

The following information was requested by the Committee members present:

§                     Provide an historical overview of changes to the Table of Organization, specifically net changes in the number of staff at the District (Director Boro).

§                     Delineate the amount of fees collected from Marin County Transit District (MCTD) for intra-county public bus service in the graphic in the “Proposed FY 2006 Budget Overview” section, depicting sources of funds from “Government Grants” (Director Boro).

§                     Revise the title of the proposed budget to refer to the fiscal year as, “FY 05-06,” rather than “Fiscal Year 2006” (Director Kerns).

Action by the Board – None Required

4.         Public Comment

Public comment was received throughout the meeting as noted above under applicable agenda items.

5.         Adjournment

All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 12:00 p.m.

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                    J. Dietrich Stroeh, Chair

                                                                                    Finance-Auditing Committee

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Attachment:      Ordinance Relative to the Proposed 5% Increase to Regional Bus, Ferry and Paratransit Fares


GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

ORDINANCE NO. 2005-02

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND MASTER ORDINANCE 2005, AS AMENDED,

TO REVISE THE REGIONAL BUS, FERRY, AND PARATRANSIT TARIFF SCHEDULES

May 13, 2005

            THIS ORDINANCE is adopted with reference to the following facts and circumstances which are found and declared by the Board of Directors:

1.         On May 21, 1998, the Board of Directors adopted District Ordinance No. 361, authorizing the Five-Year Transit Fare Increase Program, which provided for annual bus, ferry and paratransit fare increases based upon increases in the Bay Area Consumer Price Index over a five-year period.

2.         In mid-2002, the Board adopted a Strategic Plan for Achieving Long-Term Financial Stability, which calls for fare increases on both buses and ferries. The Board directed staff to develop a new transit fare program as a successor to the Five-Year Transit Fare Increase Program.

3.         On May 14, 2004, as an immediate step in managing the District’s financial crisis, District staff developed a one-year, interim fare increase program for Fiscal Year 2005.  Although past fare increases had typically been set at 5% or under, a larger increase was necessary because of the continuing significant budget shortfalls and depression in transit ridership.  Accordingly, the Board of Directors adopted Ordinance 2004-02, establishing a one-year fare increase program for Fiscal Year 2005, consisting of a 10% fare increase in bus, ferry, and paratransit services.

4.         The current estimate of the District’s Fiscal Year 2006 budget shortfall is $8 million, with a five-year projected budget shortfall of $108 million.  Fare increases are a necessary component of meeting the District’s substantial projected shortfall.

5.         Cost inflation occurs each year, resulting in higher transit costs.  The preliminary Fiscal Year 2006 operating budget for District bus and ferry services shows that transit expenses will increase by over 5% compared to Fiscal Year 2005.

6.         Fare recovery is still low due to continuing problems with the economy that have delayed job formation and reduced overall transit ridership.  In addition, bus service reductions have resulted in decreased bus ridership. Current transit fare recovery is at 29% (26% for bus and 37% for ferry) and will fall further next year without a fare adjustment.

7.         Staff continues to work on developing a new comprehensive five-year transit fare restructuring program, which will include changes to the existing complex fare structure to reduce customer confusion, improve customer convenience with the use of the Translink regional transit cashless fare card and develop a five-year strategy for achieving fare recovery and revenue-generation targets.  Translink implementation, scheduled for early 2006, will impact final decisions about fare restructuring, and it is therefore premature to phase in elements of a new comprehensive transit fare increase program for Fiscal Year 2006.

8.         Specifically, the components of the proposed 5% fare increase include:

(a)        Bus services: A 5% increase in regional Golden Gate Transit (GGT) bus fares with a 50% discount available to seniors/persons with disabilities, a 25% discount available to youth and a 20% discount for Ride Value Discount Tickets.

(b)        Ferry services: A 5% increase in Golden Gate ferry fares (including Frequent Rider Ticket Book users) with a 50% discount available to seniors/persons with disabilities and a 25% discount available to youth.

(c)        Paratransit services: A 5% increase in fares for travel on District-provided paratransit services.

9.         On April 12, 2005, the Marin County Transit District (MCTD) informed the District that MCTD would not consider raising local bus fares by 5% to correspond with GGT’s proposed regional fare increase planned for July 1, 2005, due to the fact that MCTD is currently developing its first Short Range Transit Plan and is not considering changes to local bus fares before completion of the Short Range Transit Plan in November 2005.  Therefore, the District’s proposed 5% fare increase will not apply to local travel within Marin County. 

10.       A public comment period on the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 transit fare increases was initiated on March 25, 2005 and ended with a public hearing on April 21, 2005.  During this period 156 public comments from 63 individuals were received.  Staff reviewed and categorized all public comments, prepared written responses to the primary categories, which were contained in a report to the Finance-Auditing Committee for its May 12, 2005 meeting, and considered all public comments in developing the final proposal for transit fare increases.

11.       The Finance-Auditing Committee, after considering the overall financial need of the District, continued low fare recovery, and all public comments, recommended that the District adopt a 5% fare increase to regional bus fares, ferry fares, and paratransit fares, to be effective July 1, 2005.  The fare increase is statutorily exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act since it is necessary to meet operating expenses.

12.       The Board of Directors has carefully considered the staff proposal, reviewed all public comments and considered the recommendation of the General Manager and of the Finance-Auditing Committee, concurrently with the development of the Fiscal Year 2006 annual operating and capital budgets.  The Board finds that the recommended transit fare increases for Fiscal Year 2006 is consistent with the District’s mission, policy objectives and is needed to meet the District’s financial requirements.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1.   The Board hereby adopts the fare program delineated below for Fiscal Year 2006.

Section 2.   Section III, “Golden Gate Transit - Bus and Ferry Systems,” Subsection C, “Bus Transit Tariff Schedule,” Paragraph 1, “Adult Cash Fare,” Paragraph 2, “Senior or Disabled Cash Fare,” Paragraph 3, “Student Cash Fare,” and Paragraph 4, “Prepaid Discount Fares,” of Master Ordinance 2005, are replaced in their entirety with the following:

C.        BUS TRANSIT TARIFF SCHEDULE

The following one-way bus transit tariff schedule is established, effective July 1, 2005:

            1.         ADULT CASH FARE

From

To Zone

Zone

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

                     

1

$2.85

$3.25

$3.95

$4.80

$6.90

$7.60

$5.60

$6.35

$3.95

$6.35

2

$3.25

$2.00

$2.00

$2.00

$4.80

$5.60

$4.00

$4.00

$2.00

$3.95

3

$3.95

$2.00

$2.00

$2.00

$3.95

$4.80

$4.00

$4.00

$2.00

$3.25

4

$4.80

$2.00

$2.00

$2.00

$3.25

$3.95

$4.00

$4.00

$2.00

$3.95

5

$6.90

$4.80

$3.95

$3.25

$2.85

$2.85

$6.90

$6.00

$6.00

$6.00

6

$7.60

$5.60

$4.80

$3.95

$2.85

$2.85

$7.60

$6.90

$6.90

$6.90

7

$5.60

$4.00

$4.00

$4.00

$6.90

$7.60

$2.00

$4.00

$4.00

$6.35

8

$6.35

$4.00

$4.00

$4.00

$6.00

$6.90

$4.00

$2.00

$4.00

$5.60

9

$3.95

$2.00

$2.00

$2.00

$6.00

$6.90

$4.00

$4.00

$2.00

$4.80

10

$6.35

$3.95

$3.25

$3.95

$6.00

$6.90

$6.35

$5.60

$4.80

$1.95

2.         SENIOR OR DISABLED DISCOUNT CASH FARE (50% DISCOUNT OFF ADULT CASH FARE--ROUNDED DOWN TO NEAREST 5 CENTS)

From

To Zone

Zone

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

                     

1

$1.40

$1.60

$1.95

$2.40

$3.45

$3.80

$2.80

$3.15

$1.95

$3.15

2

$1.60

$1.00

$1.00

$1.00

$2.40

$2.80

$2.00

$2.00

$1.00

$1.95

3

$1.95

$1.00

$1.00

$1.00

$1.95

$2.40

$2.00

$2.00

$1.00

$1.60

4

$2.40

$1.00

$1.00

$1.00

$1.60

$1.95

$2.00

$2.00

$1.00

$1.95

5

$3.45

$2.40

$1.95

$1.60

$1.40

$1.40

$3.45

$3.00

$3.00

$3.00

6

$3.80

$2.80

$2.40

$1.95

$1.40

$1.40

$3.80

$3.45

$3.45

$3.45

7

$2.80

$2.00

$2.00

$2.00

$3.45

$3.80

$1.00

$2.00

$2.00

$3.15

8

$3.15

$2.00

$2.00

$2.00

$3.00

$3.45

$2.00

$1.00

$2.00

$2.80

9

$1.95

$1.00

$1.00

$1.00

$3.00

$3.45

$2.00

$2.00

$1.00

$2.40

10

$3.15

$1.95

$1.60

$1.95

$3.00

$3.45

$3.15

$2.80

$2.40

$0.95


Note:  A person with disabilities who possesses a valid Regional Transit Connection Discount Card is eligible for the disabled cash fare.  Upon certification by a physician, State or Federal Agency designated representative that a disabled person must travel with an attendant, the attendant will be eligible for the discount fare applicable to the disabled person, but only while accompanying such disabled person.  The Regional Transit Connection Discount Card of the disabled person will be marked with an attendant logo to indicate that an attendant will be traveling with the disabled person who is eligible for the discount fare.  The attendant is not eligible for a discount fare while traveling alone and will not be issued a Discount Card. 

3.         YOUTH CASH FARE (25% DISCOUNT OFF ADULT CASH FARE–ROUNDED TO NEAREST 5 CENTS)

From

To Zone

Zone

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

                     

1

$2.15

$2.45

$2.95

$3.60

$5.20

$5.70

$4.20

$4.75

$2.95

$4.75

2

$2.45

*

*

*

$3.60

$4.20

**

**

*

$2.95

3

$2.95

*

*

*

$2.95

$3.60

**

**

*

$2.45

4

$3.60

*

*

*

$2.45

$2.95

**

**

*

$2.95

5

$5.20

$3.60

$2.95

$2.45

$2.15

$2.15

$5.20

$4.50

$4.50

$4.50

6

$5.70

$4.20

$3.60

$2.95

$2.15

$2.15

$5.70

$5.20

$5.20

$5.20

7

$4.20

**

**

**

$5.20

$5.70

*

**

**

$4.75

8

$4.75

**

**

**

$4.50

$5.20

**

*

**

$4.20

9

$2.95

*

*

*

$4.50

$5.20

**

**

*

$3.60

10

$4.75

$2.95

$2.45

$2.95

$4.50

$5.20

$4.75

$4.20

$3.60

$1.45

*              One Marin County Youth Discount ticket

**           Two Marin County Youth Discount tickets

Note:  Youth Fare for local travel within Marin County is available only through the purchase of Marin County Youth Discount Ticket Books at a rate of 20 tickets for $30.00.

            4.         PREPAID DISCOUNT FARES

a.         Ride Value Discount Ticket Books shall be sold at a discount of 20% from the basic adult cash one-way bus transit intercounty fares (Section 1) per the following schedule.  Reduced fares for Seniors, Persons With Disabilities and Students (except for Marin County Youth Discount Ticket Books) are not available through purchase of transit ticket books and are not subject to further reduction.  Transit ticket books shall be applicable to ferry transit fares in accordance with Section III.D.3 of this Ordinance.  These discounts are also available through TransLink.

Price of Twenty-Ticket Ride Value Discount Ticket Book (20% Discount)     (effective July 1, 2005)

From

To Zone

Zone

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

                     

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2

$52.00

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

3

$63.20

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

4

$76.80

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

5

$110.40

$76.80

$63.20

$52.00

-

-

-

-

-

-

6

$121.60

$89.60

$76.80

$63.20

-

-

-

-

-

-

7

$89.60

-

-

-

$110.40

$121.60

-

-

-

-

8

$101.60

-

-

-

$96.00

$110.40

-

-

-

-

9

$63.20

-

-

-

$96.00

$110.40

-

-

-

-

10

$101.60

$63.20

$52.00

$63.20

$96.00

$110.40

$101.60

$89.60

$76.80

-

Section 3.   Section III, “Golden Gate Transit - Bus and Ferry Systems,” Subsection D, “Ferry Transit Tariff Schedule,” Paragraph 1, “Weekdays,” Paragraph 2, “Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays,” and Paragraph 3, “Use of Transit Discount Ticket Books on Ferries,” of Master Ordinance 2005, are replaced in their entirety with the following:

D.        FERRY TRANSIT TARIFF SCHEDULE

The following one-way ferry transit tariff schedule is hereby established, effective July 1, 2005:

            1.         Weekdays

                                    Zone

                                    2  (Sausalito)  $6.45/3.20/4.85

                                    3  (Larkspur)  $6.45/3.20/4.85

                        Key:        Adult Cash Fare/Senior or Disabled Discount Fare/Youth Fare

            2.         Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays

                                    Zone

                                    2  (Sausalito)  $6.45/3.20/4.85

                                    3  (Larkspur)  $6.45/3.20/4.85

                                Key:        Adult Cash Fare/Senior or Disabled Discount Fare/Youth Fare

                        3.         USE OF TRANSIT TICKET BOOKS ON FERRIES.

  A.       Bus transit ticket books (Ride Value Ticket Books).  Twenty-ticket bus transit ticket books usable on buses shall also be usable on the ferry.  The applicable bus transit discount ticket value, rounded to the nearest five cents, shall be credited and applied against the applicable ferry discount ticket value set forth below.  Any difference in price shall be rounded to the nearest five cents and collected in cash.  Exact change is required and no cash back will be given for higher priced tickets applied to lower priced fares.

 B.       Ferry transit ticket books (Frequent Rider Ticket Books).  Twenty-ticket ferry transit ticket books shall be sold at a discount from the basic one-way ferry Adult Cash Fare. These discounts are also available through TransLink.  Ferry transit ticket books shall also be usable on buses. The applicable Ferry transit discount ticket value shall be credited and applied against the applicable bus discount ticket value.  Any difference in price shall be rounded to the nearest five cents and collected in cash.  Exact change is required and no cash back will be given for higher priced tickets applied to lower priced fares.

The following prices for ferry transit ticket books are hereby established:

Zone

2 (Sausalito)  $69.00 ($3.45 per ticket)

3 (Larkspur)  $81.00 ($4.05 per ticket)

Section 4.   Section III, “Golden Gate Transit - Bus and Ferry Systems” of Master Ordinance 2005, as amended, subsection H, “Paratransit Tariff Schedule,” is replaced in its entirety with the following:

H.        PARATRANSIT TARIFF SCHEDULE

            The following paratransit tariff schedule is established for paratransit service provided by the District pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, effective July 1, 2005:

From

To Zone

Zone

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

                     

1

 

$5.35

$6.60

$8.05

$11.10

$12.50

$9.45

$10.75

$6.60

$10.75

2

$5.35

     

$8.05

$9.45

     

$6.60

3

$6.60

     

$6.60

$8.05

     

$5.35

4

$8.05

     

$5.35

$6.60

     

$6.60

5

$11.10

$8.05

$6.60

$5.35

$4.75

$4.75

$11.10

$9.80

$9.80

$9.80

6

$12.50

$9.45

$8.05

$6.60

$4.75

$4.75

$12.50

$11.10

$11.10

$11.10

7

$9.45

     

$11.10

$12.50

     

$10.75

8

$10.75

     

$9.80

$11.10

     

$9.45

9

$6.60

     

$9.80

$11.10

     

$8.05

10

$10.75

$6.60

$5.35

$6.60

$9.80

$11.10

$10.75

$9.45

$8.05

 

Section 5.   The Board finds that the transit fare adjustments effected by the Ordinance are exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to Section 21080(b)(8) of the Public Resources Code because they are for the purpose of:  (a) meeting operating expenses, (b) purchasing or leasing supplies, equipment, or materials, (c) meeting financial reserve needs and requirements, and (d) obtaining funds for capital projects necessary to maintain service within existing service areas; and directs the General Manager to file a Notice of Exemption in the offices of the county clerk of Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco and Contra Costa.

Section 6.   The effective date of this Ordinance shall be July 1, 2005.

Section 7.   If any provision of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect any other provisions or applications of the Ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end, the provisions of this Ordinance are severable.

            ADOPTED this 13th day of May, 2005, by the following vote of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors:

AYES (16):        Directors Ammiano, Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Moylan, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval, Shahum and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; President Middlebrook

NOES (0):          None

ABSENT (3):     Directors Dufty and Murray; First Vice President Harrison

                                                                                    Maureen Middlebrook

                                                                                    President of the Board of Directors

ATTEST:                                                       

                  Janet S. Tarantino

                  Secretary of the District