NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

TO CONSIDER A PROPOSED FIVE-YEAR FARE PROGRAM

TO INCREASE BUS, FERRY AND PARATRANSIT FARES

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) will hold three public hearings to receive public comment on a proposed five-year fare program to increase regional bus, ferry and paratransit fares in order to meet operating expenses.  It is proposed that these fares be increased effective July 1, 2006.  Bus and paratransit fares for local travel within Marin County are not included in this proposed program.  The public hearings will be held on the following dates, times and locations:

  1. Thursday, February 16, 2006, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, Rohnert Park City Hall, 6750 Commerce Boulevard, Rohnert Park, CA;
  2. Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at 6:00 p.m., in the Board Room, Administration Building, Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, San Francisco, CA; and,
  3. Thursday, March 9, 2006, at 6:00 p.m., in the Activities Room, The Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Avenue, San Rafael, CA.

All public hearings will be immediately preceded by a two-hour informational open house conducted by staff to provide the public with background and context for the proposed five-year fare program.

The District has developed strategies to reduce costs and increase revenues as part of its Strategic Plan for Achieving Long-Term Financial Stability.  Since Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Transit user fees represent the majority of District revenues, increases in transit fares represent a component of the District’s Strategic Plan.

A staff report on this matter was presented to the Finance-Auditing Committee on January 12, 2006.  An additional staff report for the public hearing will be available after February 10, 2006.  Copies of these reports 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://goldengate.org/board/2006/mtgs-public-h.php.

Public comments will be received at the public hearings 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., March 9, 2006.

The public hearing locations are accessible to everyone.  To request special assistance to enable persons with disabilities to participate at these public hearings, please call the District Secretary’s Office at 415-923-2223 three days before the hearing dates.