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Golden Gate Transit expected to hike fares 10%

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  • 5/14 Santa Rosa Press
    Published Friday, May 14, 2004, in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat Bridge district panel OKs increase in fares By Kerry Benefield The Golden Gate Bridge District
    Message 1 of 1 , May 14, 2004
      Published Friday, May 14, 2004, in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

      Bridge district panel OKs increase in fares

      By Kerry Benefield

      The Golden Gate Bridge District is expected to boost bus, ferry and
      paratransit fares by 10 percent beginning July 1.

      The increase, approved by a district finance committee Thursday, is
      scheduled for a vote of the full district board today. The measure
      is expected to generate $1 million annually for the cash-strapped
      district.

      If it passes, a one-way adult cash bus fare from Santa Rosa to San
      Francisco would increase from $6.60 to $7.25. District officials
      expect ridership to drop between 2 and 4 percent as a result of the
      increase.

      The board also is expected today to approve a revised ferry schedule
      between Larkspur and San Francisco that will remove one slower ferry
      from service. The new configuration, which will continue to utilize
      two high-speed vessels, will maintain 41 of the 42 weekday trips
      currently offered, according to district officials.

      The change, which also includes reducing ferry staff by 11 positions
      and changing departure times from Sausalito to San Francisco, is
      expected to save the district $875,000 annually.

      The district is facing a $131 million, five-year deficit. That number
      has been reduced from a high of $454 million in 2001 through service
      cuts, fare increases and the 2002 bridge toll increase.
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