A series of changes to Caltrain’s fare structure will go into effect on Sunday, February 28.
The changes include an increase to Caltrain’s adult base fare by 50 cents. As a result, that will increase the amount paid for the Day Pass, 8-ride tickets and Monthly passes. Eligible Discount fares will remain at 50 percent of adult ticket prices, and Clipper card holders will continue to get an approximate 15 percent discount. More information on the new fare chart can be found here.
Caltrain’s Board of Directors approved the fare change proposal last December. Caltrain last adjusted fares on Oct. 5, 2014, when one-way cash fares were increased by 25 cents and day pass cash fares were raised by 50 cents. Clipper cards users were not affected by those adjustments. The increase in paper tickets was intended to provide an incentive for customers to transition to Clipper.
Unlike many transit agencies, Caltrain does not have a dedicated source of funding. The approved fare changes are necessary to meet the rising costs of rail operations and maintenance.
Along with the proposal to increase fares, Caltrain’s Board of Directors also approved rate increases at Caltrain parking stations. Daily parking fees at station lots will increase from $5 to $5.50, and monthly parking permit fees will increase from $50 to $55. Those changes won’t go into effect until July 1.
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. Caltrain has enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. 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.