Caltrain fares and parking prices at stations will soon rise.
Earlier this month Caltrain’s Board of Directors approved raising rates and fares agencywide. The Caltrain adult fare will increase by 50 cents. The fare is now $12.75 from the furthest point away from San Francisco into The City, one way, if using a Clipper Card, and will soon be $13.75.
The new fares and parking increases go into effect Feb. 28, 2016.
That 50-cent increase will also increase cost of the Day Pass, 8-Ride Ticket and Monthly Pass. Monthly passes from the furthest point on Caltrain south into San Francisco now cost $338, but will jump to $349.80 under the new fare structure.
Caltrain will also bump its parking fees at station lots from $5 daily to $5.50, and from $50 monthly to $55. In a statement, Caltrain warned parking increases will be “enforced” starting July 1, 2016.
When announcing the costs in a statement, Caltrain emphasized its lack of a permanent dedicated source of funding.
“Unlike many transit agencies, Caltrain does not have a dedicated source of funding,” the agency wrote, adding “the approved fare changes are necessary to meet the rising costs of rail operations and maintenance.”
Caltrain last adjusted fares on Oct. 5, 2014, when one-way cash fares were increased by 25 cents and day pass cash fares were raised by 50 cents, according to the agency, and Clipper cards users were not affected by those adjustments.
The increase in paper tickets was intended to provide an incentive for customers to transition to Clipper, the agency wrote.