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.

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