Muni Fast Pass Fares Set to Increase Up to $2 on July 1

The old paper Fast Passes cost $45 in 2009. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamjackson/2908494202/##adamjackson1984/Flickr##

The price of all monthly Muni Fast Passes will increase by $1 to $2 starting July 1, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) reminded riders today in a news release.

The price of an Adult Fast Pass with in-city BART service will rise from $70 to $72, and all other passes will see similar hikes. The $2 one-time fare will stay the same.

The increases come as part of the budget approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors last year to help fill a $45 million budget shortfall in the next fiscal year, which begins in July.

“After hearing a great deal of public comment on the importance of not imposing larger and less frequent fare increases, the SFMTA shifted to the smaller indexed fare increases,” the agency stated in a press release.

The SFMTA has posted notice of the fare hikes on Muni vehicles and local media outlets, and the smaller increases are expected to be less of a shock to riders than those in the past.

In 2009, the price of an Adult Fast Pass jumped from $45 to $60. Today’s limited $60 Fast Pass, set to jump $2 next month, doesn’t include BART service within the city as all Fast Passes used to. The fine for fare evasion will also increase from $75 to $100.

The new fare rates were “determined by the Automatic Indexing Plan, a blended formula based on the Bay Area Labor Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers (CPI-U) and SFMTA labor costs,” stated the SFMTA.

The agency also announced broad increases across non-Muni related fees, including colored curb services for businesses and penalties for illegal vehicle parking. However, the rate for a residential car parking permit, which is limited by state law to only cover administrative costs, remains at a low annual $100, or less than $9 per month.

  • I still remember when the “A” pass was just $35 and came with Caltrain access.

  • Sheesh, the parking permit is limited by state law? That’s the real story here.

  • EL

    Even at $62, isn’t it still cheaper than VTA, Samtrans, or AC Transit?

  • Nick

    Well it’s nice to know there is some certainty in the world: MUNI Fast Passes will cost more in the future and you’ll never see the people who run the system actually riding the trains.

  • icarus12

    I moved back to San Francisco in 2007 after nearly 20 years away.  First thing I did was try to use Muni a lot.  Bought fast passes for me and spouse for the first three months.  Left the car parked and biked or bused about town often.  But I found it just wasn’t feasible if one values one’s time and can afford some other way of getting about.  My suggestion to anyone still healthy enough to do so: save a few dollars a month and buy a used scooter or electric bike. Forget Muni.  It’s too slow for anyone with options to do without it.

  • mikesonn

    Exactly!

  • I’m not sure how many take advantage of this option: An easy way to save money on transit costs is through your employer’s pre-tax transit & parking programs.  On average, I’ve saved approximately 14% per month.

    Still, one I’m hoping one day there will be a cool option for us Clipper card users, it’s called a pass accumulator.  It’s simple, if you spend a certain amount of your Clipper e-cash within the designated period of time, the rest of your rides for that time period is free.  For example, once you hit the $62 e-cash limit in the month of July on Muni, all future rides on Muni is free for the rest of the month.  It benefits you because you don’t have to do the guesswork if your transit rides will be a savings.

    Learn more via my blog:
    http://www.akit.org/2010/08/clipper-pass-accumulator-could-it-work.html

  • Caleb

    Absolutely, that is the real story.

    By my math, rent on a 22’x7′ space in the city of San Francisco is currently ~$8 per month.  That’s $64 less per month than a transit pass.  Want to balance the MTA budget?   Supervisors?   Hello!?

  • Kevin

    That’s seriously messed up that the Muni Fastpass is so close in price to a parking spot in SF, given that private autos is one reason that Muni is delayed everyday.

  • mikesonn

    Kevin, even worse: Fastpass is a per MONTH cost and parking permits is a per YEAR cost. How f’d up is that? Like Caleb said, MUNI costs 9 times more per month then parking your car on public space. Not to mention that meters don’t run on Sundays or in the evenings, but you still have to pay your MUNI fare during those times. Priorities?

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