Caltrain Approves Increased Fares, Votes to Keep Warm Planet Bikes Open

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The Caltrain Board of Directors today approved an expenditure of $50,000 to support Warm Planet Bikes, according to the agency’s Twitter feed. That influx is expected to keep the bike parking and repair shop open until the agency renews its contract with Warm Planet or another operator in six to eight months. The facility parks up to 170 bikes every day at Caltrain’s 4th and King Station in downtown San Francisco, allowing commuters to avoid having to bring them aboard the trains.

The board has also reportedly approved a fare increase proposal which the Mercury News detailed earlier this week:

The new proposal recommends just a 25-cent increase for a one-way ticket, no matter how far the route, and a 50-cent increase for the one-day pass.

But if at least half of the ticket buyers don’t switch to Clipper cards by March 1, 2013, staff is suggesting that the board reconsider the original proposal.

Meanwhile, staff has backed off a plan to eliminate the popular 15 percent discount pass for Clipper riders who take the train eight times within a 60-day period. Most of the complaints Caltrain received after announcing the fare increase proposal on Jan. 17 centered on elimination of the eight-ride ticket. Staff now is recommending that the pass has to be used within 30 days, at a discount of only 7.5 percent.

The fare increase is set to take effect July 1.