January 25, 2006

 

THREE PUBLIC HEARINGS SET FOR PROPOSED FIVE-

YEAR GOLDEN GATE TRANSIT

BUS & FERRY FARE INCREASE PROGRAM

Three public hearings have been set to receive public comment on a proposal to establish a Five-Year Transit Fare Increase Program to increase Golden Gate Transit regional bus fares, Golden Gate Ferry fares, and intercounty paratransit fares by 5% annually beginning July 1, 2006. The annual increases are proposed to assist in meeting operating expenses by generating about $9 million in additional revenue over the five-year period and to help address the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District’s (District) current projected $79 million five-year shortfall.  Five-Year Transit Fare Increase Program 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 bus and paratransit services and for ferry fares to cover 40% of ferry operating costs. As part of the annual budget process, the proposed 5% annual fare increase will be reviewed each year to determine if it is necessary. Not included in this proposal are local Marin County bus fares set by Marin County Transit District (MCTD) and special event fares such as 49ers bus service and baseball ferry service.

All three public hearings will be immediately preceded by a two-hour Informational Open House to provide the public with background and context for the proposed Five-Year Fare Increase Program. The Open Houses and Public Hearings will be held as follows:

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Open House from 5 pm to 7 pm, followed by a Public Hearing at 7 pm

City Council Chambers, Rohnert Park City Hall, 6750 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Open House from 4 pm to 6 pm, followed by a Public Hearing at 6 pm

Board Room, Administration Building, Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, San Francisco

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Open House from 4 pm to 6 pm, followed by a Public Hearing at 6 pm

Activities Room, The Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Avenue, San Rafael

Discount fare programs for commuters using ticket books remain in effect based on the new fares. Youth (age 6 to 18), Seniors, and Persons with Disabilities receive a 50% discount off the adult cash fare.

Fare Increases 1998 to 2005

Golden Gate Transit and Golden Gate Ferry fares have been increased recently as follows:

  1. July 1, 1998, a Five-Year Fare Increase Program was implemented with bus and ferry fares increasing annually as follows: by 10% in 1998; by 3% in 1999; by 4.2% in 2000; by 5.5 % in 2001, and by 5.4% in 2002.
  2. In 2003, bus fares were increased by 5% and ferry fares increased from 30% to 70% to bring them into line with other ferry fares in the Bay Area.  
  3. In 2004, bus and ferry fares were increased by 10%.
  4. In 2005, bus and ferry fares were increased by 5%.

Golden Gate Ferry Fares

Larkspur or Sausalito to/from San Francisco

Proposed 5% Annual Fare Increase, rounded to nearest 5 cents

Adult Cash Fares
Current Fare
July 1, 2006
July 1, 2007
July 1, 2008
July 1, 2009
July 1, 2010
$6.45
$6.75
$7.10
$7.45
$7.85
$8.25
50% Discount Fare for Seniors, Youth and Persons with Disabilities
$3.20
$3.35
$3.55
$3.70
$3.90
$4.10
Frequent Rider Ticket Book Per Trip Fare (20 tickets) and TransLink
Larkspur $4.05
$4.25
$4.45
$4.70
$4.90
$5.15
Sausalito $3.45
$3.60
$3.80
$4.00
$4.20
$4.40

 

Golden Gate Transit Adult Cash Bus Fares

to/from San Francisco

Proposed 5% Annual Fare Increase, rounded to nearest 5 cents

Traveling between

Zone 1: San Francisco and

Current Fare
July 1, 2006
July 1, 2007
July 1, 2008
July 1, 2009
July 1, 2010
Zone 2: Sausalito, Mill Valley
$3.25
$3.40
$3.60
$3.75
$3.95
$4.15
Zone 3: San Rafael, Ross Valley
$3.95
$4.15
$4.35
$4.55
$4.80
$5.05
Zone 4: Ignacio, Novato, San Marin
$4.80
$5.05
$5.30
$5.55
$5.85
$6.15
Zone 5: Rohnert Park, Cotati, Petaluma
$6.90
$7.25
$7.60
$8.00
$8.40
$8.80
Zone 6: Santa Rosa
$7.60
$8.00
$8.40
$8.80
$9.25
$9.70

Seniors, Youth and Persons with Disabilities receive a 50% discount off the adult cash fare.

Commuters receive a 20% discount by using ticket books.

GGT fares are based on a zone system. There are many other fare zone combinations within the GGT bus system that would also increase by 5% annually.  For example purposes, only the fares for travel to/from San Francisco are included.

 

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Adult Cash Bus Fares
To/from
Current Fare
July 1, 2006
July 1, 2007
July 1, 2008
July 1, 2009
July 1, 2010
Marin County or within the East Bay
$3.25
$3.40
$3.60
$3.75
$3.95
$4.15
San Francisco or Sonoma Counties
$6.00
$6.30
$6.60
$6.95
$7.30
$7.65
Seniors, Youth and Persons with Disabilities receive a 50% discount off the adult cash fare.

TO COMMENT

  1. Attend one of the meetings
  2. Email publichearing@goldengate.org
  3. Send written comments to District Secretary, P.O. Box 9000, Presidio Station, San Francisco, CA 94129