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Caltrain Proposes Changes to its Codified Tariff

Caltrain Proposes Changes to its Codified Tariff

 

The Caltrain Board of Directors authorized a public hearing to take place at its August Board meeting to discuss potential changes to the agency’s Codified Tariff.

The Codified Tariff is a legal document that outlines the specific fares for the Caltrain system. At the public hearing in August, the Board will invite public comment on the potential changes to the fares in the Codified Tariff. The Board may consider adopting some or all of the potential changes to the Codified Tariff at its September 2019 meeting.

The potential changes that the Board may consider for adoption include an increase to the price of the Go Pass of up to 20% on January 1, 2020, with a 5% increase to follow every two years on January 1. Clipper discounts for one-way fares and monthly passes would also be removed or reduced in January 2020.

Other potential changes that the Board may consider for adoption include regular incremental fare increases every two years, with a 50 cent increase to the base fare scheduled for July 2020, a 25 cent increase to the zone fare scheduled for July 2022 and a 50 cent increase to the base fare scheduled for July 2024.

The potential changes to the Codified Tariff would also formally allow Caltrain to participate in MTC’s Regional Means Based Fare Pilot Program, currently scheduled to begin in early 2020. By participating in this regional program, Caltrain would offer eligible participants a 20% discount on the single-ride adult Clipper Card fares. Additionally, charter trains, parking and bicycle locker fees would be removed from the Codified Tariff. These fees would be placed in a separate document and any changes to the fees or the rules would be brought to the Board in a later process.

In addition to the public hearing, to be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, at Caltrain Headquarters, those wishing to weigh in on the potential changes can attend one of the following public meetings:

July 17, 5:40 p.m.

Caltrain Citizens Advisory Committee

1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos

 

July 18, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mission Creek Senior Community Center

930 4th Street, San Francisco

 

July 22, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Gardner Community Center

520 West Virginia Street, San Jose

 

July 24, noon to 1 p.m.

Virtual Town Hall

 

July 24, 12:30 p.m.
Caltrain Citizens Accessibility Advisory Committee

1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos

 

July 30, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Redwood City Downtown Library

1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

 

The public can find more information about the proposed changes at www.caltrain.com/Fares/CaltrainFareChanges.html and submit comments through the online comment form found on that Web page. After the public comment period ends after the August hearing, the Board will have a final vote on the changes to the Tariff at its September meeting.

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About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.

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