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ANNUAL TRANSIT FARE INCREASE EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2002
ON GOLDEN GATE TRANSIT & GOLDEN GATE FERRY

Posted February 26, 2002

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District (District) Board of Directors has proposed increasing Golden Gate Transit and Golden Gate Ferry fares by 5.4% and intercounty paratransit fares by 2.7%. The proposed increase will undergo review until April 12, 2002 when the full Board of Directors will be asked to adopt the fare increase for FY 2002/2003. The public is invited to comment through this review period online at transitfares@goldengate.org or in writing to Office of the District Secretary, GGBHTD, Box 9000, Presidio Station, San Francisco, CA 94129-0601.
Once adopted, the fares would go into effect Monday, July 1, 2002, and represent the final increase of the 5-Year Annual Transit Fare Increase Program adopted in 1998. Annual increases assist the District in generating revenue to continue operation of transit services. The 5.4% increase is expected to generate an additional $600,000 in FY 2002/2003. The increase set for the annual increases takes into consideration the Bay Area Consumer Price Index, the District¹s policy to recover a minimum 33 percent of its operating expenses from passenger fares, and the overall financial need of the District. Marin County Transit District (MCTD) establishes fares for local travel entirely within Marin County; no changes are proposed by MCTD at this time.
The District is unique among Bay Area transit operators because its bus and ferry public transit services are provided without support from a dedicated local tax or general fund appropriation. Golden Gate Bridge tolls are the only local funding source available to support both transit and critical Bridge projects such as the seismic retrofit and the main cable restoration. Like other public transit systems across the country, fares do not cover the operating cost of these services.
Given this funding structure, the District is considering additional measures to offset the expected $7 million budget shortfall this year and an expected 5-year cumulative shortfall of $250 million. In addition to a possible increase in Golden Gate Bridge tolls, the Board of Directors recently authorized staff to study options and impacts of future increases in bus and ferry transit fares beyond the increase set for this July 1. The study will be undertaken in late spring/summer 2002.

Summary of Key Elements of Fare Increase

One-way Adult cash bus fares increase by 10 to 30 cents depending on the trip

Sausalito to/from San Francisco is $2.50 and will increase by 15 cents to $2.65.
San Rafael to/from San Francisco is $3.10 and will increase by 15 cents to $3.25.
Santa Rosa to/from San Francisco is $6.00 and will increase by 30 cents to $6.30.

Adult Cash Bus Fares Under Review for ­ July 1, 2002
Fare Zone 1
San Francisco
2
Sausalito
3
San Rafael
4
Novato
5
Petaluma
6
Santa Rosa
7
Stinson Beach
8
Inverness
9
Tiburon
10
East Bay
1
SF
$2.35 $2.65 $3.25 $3.95 $5.65 $6.30 $4.60 $5.25 $3.25 $5.25
2
Sausalito
$2.65 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50 $3.95 $4.60 $3.00 $3.00 $1.50 $3.25
3
San Rafael
$3.25 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50 $3.25 $3.95 $3.00 $3.00 $1.50 $2.65
4
Novato
$3.95 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50 $2.65 $3.25 $3.00 $3.00 $1.50 $3.25
5
Petaluma
$5.65 $3.95 $3.25 $2.65 $2.35 $2.35 $5.65 $4.95 $4.95 $4.95
6
Santa Rosa
$6.30 $4.60 $3.95 $3.25 $2.35 $2.35 $6.30 $5.65 $5.65 $5.65
7
Stinson Beach
$4.60 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $5.65 $6.30 $1.50 $3.00 $3.00 $5.25
8
Inverness
$5.25 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $4.95 $5.65 $3.00 $1.50 $3.00 $4.60
9
Tiburon
$3.25 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50 $4.95 $5.65 $3.00 $3.00 $1.50 $3.95
10
East Bay
$5.25 $3.25 $2.65 $3.25 $4.95 $5.65 $5.25 $4.60 $3.95 $1.65

2. One-way Adult cash ferry fares increase by 15 to 30 cents depending on the trip.

Weekdays Larkspur/San Francisco goes from $3.10 to $3.25, an increase of 15 cents
Weekends Larkspur/San Francisco goes from $5.30 to $5.60, an increase of 30 cents.
Sausalito/San Francisco goes from $5.30 to $5.60, an increase of 30 cents.

Adult Cash Ferry Fares ­ Effective July 1, 2002
Larkspur Ferry
Weekdays: $3.25
Weekends and Holidays: $5.60
Sausalito Ferry
Everyday: $5.60

3. Commuters continue to receive a 20% discount with Ride Value Discount Ticket Books.

Sausalito/San Francisco is $40 or $2.00 per trip and will increase to $42.40 or $2.12 per trip.
San Rafael/San Francisco is $49.60 or $2.48 per trip and will increase to $$52.00 or $2.60 per trip.
Santa Rosa /San Francisco is $96 or $4.80 and will rise to $100.80, for a cost per trip of $5.04.

Commuters Continue to Receive a 20% Discount with Ride Value Discount Ticket Books COST
FOR 20
TICKETS
COST
PER
TICKET
Sausalito Ferry; Sausalito (2) to SF (1);
Petaluma (5) to Novato (4);
East Bay (10) to San Rafael (3)
$42.40 $2.12
Larkspur Ferry; San Rafael (3) to SF (1);
Petaluma (5) to San Rafael (3); Santa Rosa (6) to Novato (4);
Tiburon (9) to SF;
East Bay (10) to Sausalito (2)
East Bay (10) to Novato (4)
$52.00 $2.60
Novato (4) to SF;
Petaluma (5) to Sausalito (2);
Santa Rosa (6) to San Rafael (3);
East Bay (10) to Tiburon (9)
$63.20 $3.16
Santa Rosa (6) to Sausalito (2);
Stinson Beach (7) to SF (1);
East Bay (10) to Inverness (8)
$73.60 $3.68
Inverness (8) to Petaluma (5);
Tiburon (9) to Petaluma (5);
East Bay (10) to Petaluma (5)
$79.20 $3.96
Inverness (8) to SF; East Bay (10) to SF;
East Bay (10) to Stinson Beach (7)
$84.00 $4.20
Petaluma (5) to SF; Stinson Beach (7) to Petaluma (5);
Inverness (8) to Santa Rosa (6);
Tiburon (9) to Santa Rosa (6);
East Bay (10) to Santa Rosa (6)
$90.40 $4.52
Stinson Beach (7) to Santa Rosa (6);
Santa Rosa (6) to SF (1)
$100.80 $5.04

4. 50% discounts for Persons with Disabilities and Seniors and 25% discount for youth continue based on the new fares.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District operates the Golden Gate Bridge and it¹s associated public transit services: Golden Gate Bus and Ferry Transit. In addition, intercounty paratransit service operates as a complement to Golden Gate Transit's intercounty non-commute bus service and is currently operated by Whistlestop Wheels, San Rafael, CA. Intercounty paratransit service is provided in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 for eligible passengers. Marin County Transit District (MCTD) is responsible for the level of local bus service within Marin. Golden Gate Transit operates this local service under contract with MCTD.

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