Caltrain Fare Changes
Caltrain Approves Fare and Parking Fee Changes
August 3, 2017
Caltrain’s Board of Directors approved changes to the rail agency’s fares and parking fees during its August Board meeting. The changes were approved to provide revenue that will allow the agency to fully fund the cost of operating the system.
The approved changes include:
- Zone Fare
- Increases to the Caltrain adult zone fare by 25 cents effective October 1, 2017
- Go Pass
- Increases the Go Pass from $190 to $237.50 effective January 1, 2018
- Increases the Go Pass from $237.50 to $285 effective January 1, 2019
- Monthly Pass Multiplier
- Increases the multiplier from 13.25 to 14 days on October 1, 2017 (Effective with the November permits first sold Oct. 21)
- Increases the multiplier from 14 to 15 days on July 1, 2018 (Effective with the July permits first sold June 21)
- Increases to the monthly parking prices from $55 to $82.50 effective October 1, 2017 (Effective with the October permits first sold Sept. 21)
- Eliminates the discounted 8-ride Ticket
Unlike most transit systems, Caltrain does not currently receive dedicated funding to support its operations. The cost of operating and maintaining 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 fare revenue covers about 66 percent of its operating costs. Caltrain’s member agencies also contribute to the operating needs of the system but those contributions have declined in recent years and are not sufficient to support current service. Even with the approved fare increase, Caltrain will need to utilize over $8 million in reserves to maintain operations in Fiscal Year 2018 and is projected to use another $7 million in Fiscal Year 2019.
Prior to approving the fare changes, Caltrain held six community meetings since May and hosted more than a dozen station outreaches at various stations from San Francisco to San Jose throughout the month of May and June to gather feedback from customers on the proposals. Caltrain staff had nearly 3,000 customer interactions and received more than 1,500 survey responses on the proposed fare changes. The rail agency also hosted a public hearing at its Board of Directors meeting in July and collected comments through mail, email and phone calls.
Caltrain last approved fare changes in 2015.
Media Contact: Tasha Bartholomew, 650.508.7927
Caltrain Seeks Changes for Parking, Go Pass, 8-ride and Zone Fares
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.
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
Public comments are closed as of July 19, 2017