Price hikes floated for Bay Area ferry riders 

click to enlarge Fares for Bay Area ferry commutes could be on the rise. - SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
  • SF Examiner file photo
  • Fares for Bay Area ferry commutes could be on the rise.

Ferry passengers traveling from the North Bay to San Francisco could soon be facing a more expensive commute.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is proposing a $65 premium monthly fee at its Larkspur parking lot. It is also moving forward with a proposal to increase fares by 5 percent for passengers who use the Clipper card to pay for their ferry service.

About 160 spots at the Larkspur parking lot — roughly 10 percent of the total spaces — could be reserved for customers willing to pay $65 a month, said Mary Currie, the district’s spokeswoman. However, if a reserved spot isn’t taken by 10 a.m., it would open back up to the general public.

If all 160 spots are purchased by customers, the district would realize an extra $125,000 a year, minus startup costs. The district, which oversees both the bridge and a transit fleet, is facing a five-year shortfall of $87 million.

On Thursday, the district’s transportation committee will vote on recommending the paid-parking proposal for a one-year pilot program.

Along with the paid-parking proposal, the district could impose fare increases for both its Larkspur and Sausalito routes, as part of a five-year program that would hike costs annually for users of the Clipper card, the region’s multiagency transit payment system.

Starting on July 1, one-way travel from Larkspur would increase from $5.70 to $6, and Sausalito fares would also go up from $4.85 to $5. The fare increases will generate more than $2 million in extra revenue for the district, Currie said.

The district’s finance committee will vote on the fare increase proposal at its Jan. 12 meeting.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

Swelling costs

Price increases for commuters using Golden Gate Ferry:

$65: Proposed premium parking fee at Larkspur ferry lot

$6: New one-way fare from Larkspur to San Francisco, effective July 1

$5: New one-way fare from Sausalito to San Francisco, effective July 1

Source: Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District

About The Author

Will Reisman

Pin It
Favorite

Latest in Transportation

Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015

Videos

Related to Transportation

© 2015 The San Francisco Examiner

Website powered by Foundation