The Caltrain Board of Directors will hold a public hearing at its August Board meeting to discuss potential changes to the agency’s fare structure. The Board invites public comment on the potential changes to the fares in the Codified Tariff at the August 1 hearing.
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 fare changes 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.
The Board will have a final vote on the changes to the Tariff at its September meeting.
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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