New SamTrans Fares Take Effect Feb. 1

New SamTrans Fares Take Effect Feb. 1

SamTrans will implement new fares Monday, Feb. 1, following a series of community meetings and a public hearing.

The adult local fare will increase 25 cents to $2.00; the cost of adult monthly passes and tokens also are increasing. The express cash one-way fare will increase 50 cents to $5.00, and the express pass fare will increase proportionality.

Eligible Discount cash fares will increase 25 cents to $1.00. Youth fares also will increase 25 cents to $1.25.

Paratransit and Lifeline fares will not increase until July 1, when the paratransit fare will increase 50 cents to $3.50 and the Lifeline fare will increase 25 cents to $1.75. The fares for agency-sponsored trips also will be increased at that time.

The fare increase will help close a $28.4 million budget shortfall for the current fiscal year, which began on July 1. In addition to the fare increase, the District also implemented service reductions in December, resulting in layoffs, and has reduced expenses through attrition and further budget cuts.

Passenger fares cover approximately 18 percent of the cost to operate the bus. The last fare increase was in February 2009.

Media Contact: Christine Dunn, 650.508.6238