Caltrain to host public meetings on fare hikes

August 16, 2008 at 6:52 am Leave a comment

Three public meetings will be held two weeks from now to communicate with riders about the proposed fare changes. They’re seperate from the “public hearing” scheduled at the next JPB meeting in San Carlos. After the public hearing, the board will likely make a decision on the fare increase.

In this economy, raising fares will have an impact on passengers. Although some people receive Go Pass or Commuter Check from their employers, small business employees and college students are left with nothing but paying higher fares outright. Unfortunately, Caltrain’s reliance on diesel left Caltrain with no choice.

Unfortunately, the proposed fare increase will not address the fare structure, one thing at Caltrain that I particularly dislike. The structure with 6 zones creates a large fare gap between the longest trip within one zone and the short one station ride that involves two zones. For my commute from Redwood City to San Jose, I always buy a 2 zone monthly pass rather than a 3 zone and I drive to Menlo Park or Palo Alto station. On days when I board at Redwood City, I just buy a fare upgrade before boarding.

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