Updated January 12, Posted January 6, 2012

January 12, Golden Gate Bridge District Committee Sets Public Hearing on March 22, 2012, at 9:30 am
on Golden Gate Ferry FARE INCREASE Proposals

Update 1/12/12: As a result of the Transportation Committee meeting on January 12, the Proposal regarding a Premium Parking Fee at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal will be revised to include additional alternatives and analysis. More information will be forthcoming.

PLEASE NOTE: If the Committees approve the setting of the public hearing on January 12, the matter would go to the full Board of Directors on January 13 at their regular 10 am meeting.

January 12, Transportation Committee @ 10 am: Set Public Hearing to consider a proposal for Pilot Program to Charge a Monthly Premium Parking Fee for a Set Number Premium Parking Spaces at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.

January 12, Finance Committee (follows Transportation): Set Public Hearing to consider a proposal to Increase Golden Gate Ferry Clipper fare.

Quick Catch-Up on GGBHTD’s Financial Status

  • Current 5-Year projected shortfall = $87 million
  • Why $87M Recession? = reduced revenues, lost state funding, $75 million to Doyle Drive
  • 2009 Financial Plan has 33 initiatives to reduce costs or generate new revenue. These two proposals are included in the 33, of which many have been implemented to reduce the shortfall from $132M to $87M. Examples are ticket vending machines at ferry terminals, carpool toll, transit customer call center staff reductions with switch to technology, AET conversion and no more toll collectors.
  • January 1, 2011, Golden Gate Ferry Clipper were increased by 10%.
  • July 1, 2011, under a newly adopted Five-Year Fare Increase Program, Golden Gate Transit Bus fares were increased by 5% but in light of the recent January 2011 ferry fare increase, Clipper ferry fares were specifically not increased.
  • On August 1, 2011, Golden Gate Ferry cash fare increased: 5% for Larkspur and $1 at Sausalito.


PROPOSAL: Golden Gate Ferry Clipper fare are proposed to increase by 5% and each July 1 through July 1, 2015 in line with the already programmed bus fare increases.

 
Current
Clipper Fare
Effective January 1, 2011
Proposed
Clipper Fare
Effective July 1, 2012
Proposed
Clipper Fare
Effective July 1, 2013
Proposed
Clipper Fare
Effective July 1, 2014
Proposed
Clipper Fare
Effective July 1, 2015
Larkspur
$5.70
$6.00
$6.25
$6.50
$7.00
Sausalito
$4.85
$5.00
$5.25
$5.50
$6.00

It is estimated that this proposal will generate about $2 million over the remaining four years of the five-year fare program, assuming projected levels of ferry services and patronage remain unchanged.

 

Public Involvement Process

  1. Combined and concurrent outreach for both proposals is planned.
  2. Several Open House style, drop-in workshops will be set in February 2012.
  3. March 22, 2012 – formal public hearing.
  4. Online passenger survey re: preferences for which sections of the parking lot at the Larkspur Terminal are most desirable if designated as premium parking spaces.
  5. Comments and feedback will be collected at these outreach sessions and through general correspondence by means of letters, phone calls and email will be incorporated into the record so that customers need not attend the public hearing to have their input considered.
  6. Come back to committee in April for implementation on July 1