June 2, 2006

 

REMINDER

GOLDEN GATE TRANSIT AND GOLDEN GATE FERRY FARES
INCREASE BY 5% ON JULY 1, 2006

On Saturday, July 1, 2006, fares for riding Golden Gate Transit (GGT) regional bus service, Golden Gate Ferry (GFF) and GGT intercounty paratransit will increase by 5%. Depending on the particular trip taken, adult cash fares increase as follows:

  1. Regional GGT bus fares increase between 15 and 40 cents;
  2. GGF fares rise by 30 cents;
  3. Intercounty paratransit fares increase by 25 to 65 cents.

The local fares for traveling on GGT buses within Marin County are set by the Marin County Transit District (MCTD) are not impacted by this increase.

GGT and GGF discount fare programs remain effective based on the new adult cash fares:

  • GGT and GGF commuters receive a discount when using ticket books (20 tickets). Discount ticket books for GGT and GGF with a June 30, 2006, expiration date will be accepted through July 31, 2006. Ticket books with the new July 1, 2006, fares are available now.
  • Youth continue to receive a 50% discount off the adult cash fare.
  • Seniors (65+) continue to receive a 50% discount off the adult cash fare.
  • Persons with disabilities continue to receive a 50% discount off the adult cash fare.

The new July 1 fares are in the Summer 2006 edition of the Transit Guide, which is available on buses and ferries now. For more information call toll-free 511 (say “Golden Gate Transit”) (TDD 711) or visit www.goldengate.org.

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

In March 2006, the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) authorized the establishment of a Five-Year Transit Fare Increase Program to increase GGT regional bus fares, GGF fares and intercounty paratransit fares by 5% annually beginning July 1, 2006, and continuing through June 30, 2011. The annual fare increases will assist in meeting operating expenses by generating about $9 million in additional revenue over the five-year period and will assist the District in continuing to provide its public transit services by setting targets for transit fares to cover 25% of the operating costs of regional bus and paratransit services and for ferry fares to cover 40% of ferry operating costs.