Caltrain Suspends Planned Fare Increases and Approves 2023 Go Pass Pricing Promotion

The Caltrain Board of Directors voted to postpone planned fare increases to encourage more riders to return to the system during its monthly meeting.

Caltrain’s original Board decision to raise the price of certain Clipper fare products was made in September 2019. In addition, there were two 5% increases in the cost of a Go Pass that were scheduled for January 1, 2023 and January 1, 2025, both of which have been delayed by a year.

The reduction of the Clipper discount from 55 to 25 cents was planned for April 1, 2022, has been pushed back to July 1, 2028. The Base Fare was scheduled to increase by 50 cents on July 1, 2022 and July 1, 2026, but both have been pushed back by a year. The 25-cent increase in the Zone Charge will now occur in July 1, 2025, rather than July 1, 2024.

As a result, Caltrain fares, including the existing Clipper Adult fare discounts, Adult Monthly Pass pricing will not change. Many transit agencies around the country are making similar decisions, including The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and New Jersey Transit.

The 2023 Go Pass pricing has also been approved. Customers that are enrolled for the last six months of 2022 (i.e. an effective date no later than July 1, 2022) will receive a promotional 20% discount off the 2023 Go Pass price of $342 per year (discounted to $273.60). In addition to this discount, the Board approved options that provided flexibility to Go Pass institutions by enabling distribution of unused stickers to on-site contracted staff, temporary employees, part-time employees, interns, and graduate and post-doctoral students.

Caltrain will continue to assess the situation to inform future decisions about any fare or service changes. Caltrain is dedicated to providing safe, accessible, convenient transportation service as the region recovers from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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 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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