Muni reminds customers about new fare increases

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is reminding customers about the new fare increases that went into effect on Monday.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is reminding customers about the new fare increases that went into effect on Monday. This impacts adults who buy daily and monthly passes.

These are the first fare hikes for Muni since 2009, and they follow a formula designed to raise revenue to keep pace with growing operating costs.

The adult daily cash fare to ride Muni increases from $2 to $2.25.

The SFMTA is also reminding customers adult Fast Passes and the Lifeline Pass will reflect the fare increase beginning with the September sales period.

The adult A Fast Pass will increase from $76 to $80, the adult M Fast Pass will increase from $66 to $68, the Lifeline Monthly Pass will increase from $33 to $34, the Paratransit Van Service will increase from $2 to $2.25 and the Paratransit Taxi Service scrip book will increase from $5 to $5.50.

Muni riders say the fare hikes would be okay if they meant better service.

"I don't know that there's any correlation between the fare increase and better service," said Muni rider Doug. "I'm not real happy with the service Muni gives as far as being on time.

"It's just 25 cents," said Muni rider Pilar Hernandez. "So I didn't really think it was too much of a difference."

Single ride fares and monthly passes for seniors, the disabled and young people will remain unchanged.

And even though the amounts have changed, riders are still expected to have correct change. Drivers will not make change.

Bay City News contributed to this report.
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