Golden Gate Transit to 5 year olds: pay up

By Mark Prado : marinij – excerpt

Bay Area system forcing the change

Five-year-olds who previously have boarded Golden Gate Transit buses for free may have to cough up a youth fare beginning next year.

It’s not that Golden Gate Transit is targeting the children for added revenue, rather it’s a result of a larger Bay Area transportation bureaucracy that determines who pays fares and at what age, officials say.

Traditionally Golden Gate Transit has those 6 through 18 pay a half-price youth fare on buses. Those who are 5 and under ride for free when with an adult. Fares are based on length of travel.

But with the introduction of the Clipper transit card in the Bay Area in recent years, there has been a push by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission — the Bay Area transportation planning agency — to standardize who is considered a youth… (more)

Someone needs to check their facts on this one. All youth do not pay to ride the Muni in SF. Vote on the poll at the source.

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Concerns raised over BRT lanes on San Francisco’s Van Ness Avenue

GG Bridge Toll Hikes Approved 15-2, Supes Campos and Breed Opposed

by streetsblog – excerpt

When the plan for much-needed toll hikes on the Golden Gate Bridge was approved Friday, the only opponents on the GG Bridge Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors were Supervisors David Campos and London Breed.

All other 15 members who voted, including Marin County reps, apparently understood the need to fund rising infrastructure costs for the bridge by increasing tolls for the drivers who use it. In recent years, the board tolls have not risen as quickly as fares for Golden Gate Transit, which has also seen service cuts — a pattern that unfairly burdens bus riders and induces more car traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge…

Under the plan approved by the bridge district, the $6 toll will rise to $7 on April 7 on its way to $8 by 2018. A 25-cent increase will go in place on July 1, 2015, with a similar boost each year until 2018, according to the Chronicle. The bridge board increased tolls beyond its original proposal, which didn’t include an increase in 2015. By adding a 25-cent hike in 2015, projected revenue was increased from $123 million to $138 million… (more)

 

The Race is on to decide the future of transit in San Francisco.

Press Release – September 10, 2012

Who will determine the future of transit in San Francisco? Those who take actions.
ENUF, and neighborhood groups opposing SFMTA’s policies launched a petition to Stop SFMTA.

This comes at a critical time in San Francisco’s politics, as neighborhood districts will be voting on their Supervisors in less than two months. Parking is a major concern for residents, so the position a candidate takes on parking and SFMTA policies could be the deciding factor in some races.
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Offer on bus service could result in 30 Golden Gate Transit layoffs

By Mark Prado : Marin Independent Journal – excerpt

As many as 30 Golden Gate Transit employees could lose their jobs under a proposal approved by the bridge district board of directors on Friday.
The Golden Gate Bridge district provides buses, drivers and support staff for the Marin County Transit District, which operates routes within the county. The Marin County Transit District has been losing money in recent years and wants to renegotiate agreements with Golden Gate Transit.
In January the Marin transit board issued a notice “of intent to terminate” the contract with Golden Gate Transit, a procedure that must be done two years in advance as spelled out in the current agreement.
On Friday the bridge board made an offer to the Marin County Transit District that would provide 25 percent less service, which would provide a savings for the county. But along with that reduction, up to 30 people would have their jobs eliminated from the bus division…
The district gets 51 percent of its revenue from taxes: 37 percent from a local half-cent transportation sales tax, Measure A, which voters approved in 2004; and 14 percent from property taxes…” (more)

The fiancial truth about the costs of public transit systems needs to be told. All are all heavily subsidized and therefore not sustainable. They all rely on outside sources to pay the bills. Increasing ridership does not help, it adds to the costs according to most analysis.

Cutting Marin bus service into the city cut would put a dent in SFMTA plans to continue to eliminate parking spots for commuters into San Francisco. Or do they expect people to crowd onto the even more expensive ferries?

We need more commuter parking options in San Francisco, not less if we want  jobs to stay in San Francisco. Pitting residents against commuters will not work. Commuters need drive into the city, park and take Muni. It is up to SFMTA to make that happen.

Related:
Golden Gate officials ban political, religious and other ads from buses