Golden Gate Bridge, Ferry and Transit Fares Increase

Most tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge will increase 25 cents on Friday.

Fares on Golden Gate Transit buses and Golden Gate Ferry service also will increase 4 percent Friday, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District spokeswoman Priya Clemens said.

The FasTrak toll on the bridge will increase to $6.50 for two-axle vehicles, $7.50 for Pay-by-Plate and to $4.50 for carpool vehicles.

The one-way adult fare for the Larkspur Ferry will increase 50 cents to $11 and to $11.75 one-way on the Sausalito Ferry.

One-way Clipper fares on the ferries will increase 25 cents to $7.25 on the Larkspur and $6.25 on the Sausalito ferries.

The one-way fare for youth 5-18, seniors 65 and up and for disabled riders will increase 25 cents to $5.50 on the Larkspur Ferry and to $5.75 on the Sausalito Ferry. Children ages 4 and under ride free, but there is a two-child limit per fare-paying adult.

The toll increase will help balance a projected five-year deficit of $33 million, Clemens said…. (more)

All these increased fares and fees along with the Bay Bridge work that is creating massive traffic jams this summer may not help the Bay Area transit authorities’ plans to request more taxes and approval of more debt from the votes in November. That along with a reduction in services and removal of seats on the the new vehicles may push the voters over the edge. No one wants to be treated like a caged animal and we are starting to get to that level with these new standing room only vehicles. Who do they paln to serve? Not the elderly or physically challenged or families or shoppers and travelers with baggage. This leads us to belive that the real goal is to push more peopel toward the private sector options, as indicated in this article that describes the “smart city” approach to privatize and robotize transportation, being designed and tested in Columbus, Ohio by Alphabet: Alphabets sidewalk labs working to revolutionize public parking and transportation in american cities


SFMTA Decides Today Whether to Jack Up Parking Rates

By Jeremy Lybarger : sfweekly – excerpt

2015 has seen a rise in Golden Gate Bridge tolls and Muni fares — now you can add another hike to the list: parking. Although it’s not official yet, KQED reports that the SFMTA board is poised to approve a fee bump for using the city’s parking meters.

The projected increase is a result of the city’s initiative to update parking meters from coin-operated only to meters that accept credit and debit cards. Since 2010, when meter conversions began, the city has paid merchant fees associated with card processing, using federal grant money to cover those costs. But Paul Rose, an SFMTA spokesman, told KQED that the agency would have to earmark $47.7 million over the next nine years to continue footing that bill…

According to Priceonomics, a San Francisco-based blog that crawls the web for data, the SFMTA makes over $130 million per year from parking and meter citations. In 2013, the average parking ticket was $74, the most expensive in the country.

And, in case you’re wondering, the city’s parking meters communicate wirelessly with the SFPark data warehouse. When rates change, the new information is sent wirelessly to meters citywide… (more)

The SFMTA has a real problem if it can’t balance its 1 billion dollar budget. That’s right. 1 billion dollars out of the city’s 9 billion dollar budget goes to the SFMTA. And that is in addition to the 500 million in bonds they just talked tax payers into giving them. Hope those who voted against L like the traffic cause you gave them the benefit of the doubt.

New Fee Would Increase the Cost of Parking in San Francisco
But that convenience has a cost — merchant transaction fees. Until now, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has covered the cost of processing credit and debit cards with federal grant money, as part of the SFpark pilot. Now it’s planning to pass that cost on to the people using the service.
At a meeting Tuesday, the agency’s board will likely vote to add a 27-cent fee when drivers use a card to pay for a meter… (more)

BART parking fees to jump starting Jan. 20

By Jamey Padojino : sfbay – excerpt

Parking fees at multiple BART stations are expected to go up by 50 cents later this month, transit agency officials said.

The increase comes after an assessment of parking lot usage that is conducted every six months, agency officials said… (more)

Read the source for more details on the fees.

S.F. parking fee plan for disabled goes nowhere

By Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross : sfgate – excerpt

Convinced there’s widespread abuse of disabled parking placards, San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency passed a series of recommendations to crack down on the problem – only to have them deep-sixed by the city’s own lawmakers in Sacramento…

One idea was to start charging the placard holders for parking, something that a number of cities already do. The transportation agency said there should then be subsidies for low-income placard parkers.

The locals, however, needed approval from the state Legislature… (more)

Thanks to efforts made by Assembley memebers Ammiano, Yee, and Hernanadez, and San Francisco’s FDR Democratic Club, and Disability Rights California, this is a dead issue for now.

SFMTA doesn’t know when to quit attacking people. Now they have raised the ire of placard holders. The best way to kill the plan to charge placard-holders is to Vote No on A and B and Yes on L.

More SF Parking Tickets Likely As MTA Copes With Budget Gap

Reporter Barbara Taylor : SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— San Francisco’s Transportation Director acknowledged Monday that more than two dozen parking control officers will be writing more tickets in the upcoming year, a move that came just as his department revealed a projected budget shortfall…

Transportation Director Ed Reiskin denied his agency is targeting motorists to balance the budget, but admitted as much during an exchange with Supervisor Scott Wiener at a city budget hearing Monday…

Many have commented Ed’s  amazing ability to speak out of both sides of his face simultaneously. Admissions and denials are Ed’s specialty.

Transportation Fee Reform – More Than Just A Fee Hike

5/18/2012John Kevlin – excerpt

To those who are not from here, San Francisco can sometimes seem a little backwards.  It’s cloudy in the summer.  We bike to work.  Instead of confining our spices to one rack at the grocery store, we have entire shops devoted to spices.  And we discourage new parking…

The City is now devising a way for virtually all projects to avoid heightened environmental review due to transportation:  by using a new citywide fee that expands the existing Transit Impact Development Fee (“TIDF”)…

We expect a lot of debate over transportation fee reform over the next few years.  On one hand, the residential development community could take issue with a brand new fee that applies to development.  On the other hand, all development (including residential) could see a huge benefit in simply avoiding environmental issues related to traffic.  We will keep you posted as the TIDF update moves through the legislative process this year, and as the TSF ordinance is considered in a few years.

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