Muni’s proposed fare increases include a 25 cent hike on the Discount Cash Fare. (Cindy Chew/2005 S.F. Examiner)

Muni’s proposed fare increases include a 25 cent hike on the Discount Cash Fare. (Cindy Chew/2005 S.F. Examiner)

Muni pass, parking fees likely to increase

Muni fares and private parking fees may soon rise, and the first public hearing to discuss those fees is scheduled for today.

Budget documents for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, show fare increases for transit riders across the board.

Parking permits and fees would also rise, as the SFMTA anticipates a $13.5 million budget shortfall in 2017, and a $14.3 million shortfall in 2018.

The SFMTA increases are tied to inflation.

The agency’s capital budget — used for construction of new projects and renovating stations and rail yards and other necessary upgrades — is also expected to be $750 million lower in the next five years.

The expected shortfalls translate to higher fees in the SFMTA’s proposed budget.

The board isn’t set to take action on the budget proposal until at least April 5, according to SFMTA documents.

The proposal shows many fare increases. In 2018, Muni fares may go up a quarter to $2.50, and monthly Muni passes may jump from $70 to $75. Monthly Muni passes allowing San Francisco BART use would jump from $83 to $89.

The “lifeline” monthly Muni pass for low-income San Franciscans would jump from $35 to $38.

Residential parking permits would hike from $111 to $128 in 2018. Removing a “boot” from a car costs $316, but would jump to $465 in 2018. Street sweeping violations would jump from $68 to $73.

In 2010 the SFMTA Board of Directors voted to tie Muni’s fares to the Automatic Consumer Price Index. According to the SFMTA, the automatic CPI increases fares are based on a “set formula” calculated from the Bay Area Consumer Price Index and the SFMTA’s labor costs.

Proposed Muni fare increases for 2018

Discount Cash Fare (Persons
with disabilities, youth, seniors)
Now $1.25, was $1.

Adult “A” Fast Pass (Muni + BART within SF)
Now $89, was $83.

Adult “M” Fast Pass (Muni only)
Now $75, was $70.

Proposed parking fee increases for 2018

Residential parking citation
Now $84, was $78.

Boot removal fee
Now $465, was $316.

Residential parking permit
Now $128, was $111.


If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

Giants second baseman Donovan Solano scores on a double in the seventh inning against the Dodgers at Oracle Park on July 29. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Will the Giants make the playoffs? Kris Bryant may be the answer

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner You’d be hard-pressed to find… Continue reading

Tiffany Carter, owner of Boug Cali West Coast Creole Shack in San Francisco’s La Cocina Marketplace, was dismayed by gentrification she found when she returned to her hometown to start a business. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF Black Wallstreet: Helping residents build wealth, reclaim spaces they’ve had to leave

Tiffany Carter moved back to her hometown of San Francisco five years… Continue reading

A prescribed fire at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was conducted in June 2016 to reduce hazardous fuel loading, increase watershed health, and restore the natural fire cycle in the Redwood Canyon area ecosystem. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Paterson/National Park Service)
Experts, UC scientists discuss wildfires in the state’s riskiest regions

Wildfires are nothing new in California’s history, but the magnitude and frequencies… Continue reading

Fourth-grade students at Lucerne Valley Elementary School don masks and Western wear for a “Walk Through California” history day during in-person instruction. (Courtesy of Krystal Nelson)
Confusion over mask mandate for California schools sparks tension between districts and parents

By Diana Lambert EdSource Shifting rules around mask mandates at schools are… Continue reading

In his extensive filming of The City during the pandemic, Eric Goodfield said he has been “observing how the environment affects the behavior of people.” (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Filmmaker Eric Goodfield fixes lens on SF’s COVID days

140 days of shooting in The City made for ‘greatest adventure’

Most Read