SFMTA to Increase Fares and Fines Starting Next Month

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced a fare and fine increase on Monday, which will start next month.

On July 1, select cash and Clipper fares, as well as some major fees and fines will increase, SFMTA officials said.

The discount cash fare for persons with disabilities, youth and seniors will increase from 75 cents to $1.

Adult “A” monthly fast passes for Muni and BART within San Francisco will increase from $80 to $83. Adult “M” monthly fast passes for Muni only will increase from $68 to $70.

Monthly Muni passes for persons with disabilities, youth and seniors will increase from $24 to $25.

The Lifeline monthly pass for low-income residents will increase from $34 to $35.

A single cable car ride ticket will increase from $6 to $7.

Lastly, a school coupon booklet worth 15 Muni tickets will increase from $11.25 to $15, according to agency officials.

In addition, fees, fines and rates that will also see an increase include parking, transit and taxi fines and late penalties, neighborhood parking permits, contractor parking permits. Fines for parking in color curb zones and during temporary street closures, special traffic permits, boot removal, auto towing and storage, special collections, service vehicle rental, parklet installation, parking meter use, sign posting and various taxi permits will also increase, SFMTA officials said.

The fare increases result from the implementation of the SFMTA Board-approved Automatic Consumer Price Index policy. The Automatic CPI is a set formula based on a combination of the Bay Area Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers and the SFMTA’s labor cost, agency officials said.

The SFMTA also considered community input in determining the final budget priorities and funding options.

The agency held several public hearings and two public town hall meetings, as well as ongoing outreach through twitter and the agency’s website, according to SFMTA officials.

The fare increases correspond with the start of the 2016 fiscal year, taking effect on July 1.

For an overview of the increases, visit www.sfmta.com.

Daniel Montes, Bay City News

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