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SamTrans fares increasing

 

SamTrans will hike its fares beginning Monday, Feb. 1, the transportation agency announced on Jan. 21.

The fare increases are aimed at narrowing a $28.4-million budget shortfall for the current fiscal year, according to spokeswoman Christine Dunn. Service cuts to help cover the gap went into effect in December. The agency is also relying on attrition to balance the budget, she said.

The adult local fare will increase from $1.75 to $2. The express cash one-way fare will increase from $4.50 to $5. Eligible discount fares will increase from $.75 to $1, and youth fares will go from $1 to $1.25.

The cost of monthly passes and express passes are also increasing, according to Ms. Dunn. On July 1, paratransit and lifeline fares will also jump, she said.

This represents the second time in the past year that fares have increased. Passenger fares cover 18 percent of operational costs, according to Ms. Dunn.

For more information, visit samtrans.com.

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