Caltrain to raise fares July 1

Marty Richman

Caltrain will raise its fares effective July 1, adding 25 cents
to the base fare charged to ride the Peninsula commuter rail
service. This will be the sixth time Caltrain has raised its fares
since 2005.
Caltrain will raise its fares effective July 1, adding 25 cents to the base fare charged to ride the Peninsula commuter rail service. This will be the sixth time Caltrain has raised its fares since 2005.

The Caltrain Board of Directors approved the increase after public input on resolving the rail system’s current and ongoing fiscal problems. There were four public meetings on Caltrain’s fiscal issues, as well as a formal public hearing before the board.

Members of the public, including customers, frequently commented that they would be willing to pay more to ride Caltrain if the increased fares helped to resolve the immediate budget crisis.

A chart showing the new fares can be found below and on the Caltrain website: www.caltrain.com

The daily parking fee also will be increased to $4 and the monthly fee will be $40.

About 40,000 Caltrain customers use the rail service every weekday.

Fares paid by customers cover approximately 44 percent of the cost of providing Caltrain service.

Earlier this year, the board rejected an initial proposal to slash weekday service from 86 trains to 48 and close up to 10 stations. Instead, Caltrain was able to patch together funding to keep the service operating at the current level for another year.

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