Public hearing set for Thursday on Golden Gate ferry fare increases 

click to enlarge The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District will hold a hearing Thursday to discuss raising fares for ferry users. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District will hold a hearing Thursday to discuss raising fares for ferry users.

A public hearing will be held Thursday to discuss potential fare increases for Golden Gate ferry users.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, which oversees ferry operations between the North Bay and San Francisco, is facing a five-year shortfall of $87 million.

To help make up that deficit, the district has proposed raising fares by five percent over the next five years for ferry passengers. The fare increase would only apply to users of the Clipper card, the region’s universal transit fare.

Under the plan, one-way fares from Larkspur to San Francisco would increase from $5.70 to $7 by 2015. Fares from Sausalito to San Francisco would go up from $4.85 to $6. The fare increases are expected to generate $2 million for the district.

The public hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the district headquarters near the southern base of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The district’s board of directors could vote to authorize the increases on April 27. If the changes are approved, they would go into effect on July 1.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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