Golden Gate Transit expected to hike fares 10%
- 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
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
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.