2017 Proposed Fare Changes

Caltrain Seeks Changes for Parking, Go Pass, 8-ride and Zone Fares

Caltrain will host a public meeting on Monday, June 26, to gather feedback on proposed changes to fare and parking rates.

Mon., June 26 at 6 pm – 7 pm
City of Mountain View City Hall - Plaza Room
500 Castro St., Mountain View

Caltrain last adjusted fares in 2016, when adult base fares and parking charges were increased by 50 cents.

Caltrain plans assume consideration of a fare increase every two years. Unlike most transit systems, Caltrain does not receive dedicated funding to support its operations. The cost of operating the service has increased due to the challenge of accommodating record-setting ridership demand and maintaining an aging diesel system in a state of good repair. Without dedicated funding, Caltrain depends on its member agencies to cover the cost of operating the system, but those agencies are unable to fully cover those costs in Fiscal Year 2018, leaving Caltrain with a projected $20.7 million operating budget shortfall.

View the Public Outreach List HERE

Proposals to be considered include:

Effective Oct. 1:
  • Basing Monthly Pass prices on 15 days per month, rather than 13 days per month (refer to fare table regarding options)
  • Eliminating the discounted 8-ride Ticket
  • Basing Monthly parking prices on 15 days per month rather than 10 days per month from $55 to $82.50.
  • Increasing the Zone fare by 25 cents

Effective Jan. 1, 2018:
  • Increasing Go Pass fares by 50 percent from $190 per person to $285 or minimum cost to employers from $15,960 to $23,940.
  • Implementing a pilot program to provide discounts for weekend and evening riders – One-way, Day Pass and Clipper cash value

View the Frequently Asked Questions HERE

View the Public Outreach List HERE

Download the NOTICE HERE

Proposed Fare Chart HERE


The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board will comment on the proposed fare changes on:
Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Caltrain Administrative Office
1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos

Prior to the public hearing, comments may be submitted several ways:
Take the online survey HERE
Download the survey HERE
• e-mail – changes@caltrain.com
• mail – Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
JPB Secretary
P.O. Box 3006, San Carlos, CA 94070-1306
• or Phone – 1.800.660.4287

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