Friday, July 02, 2010

Caltrain mulls fare increases, service cuts

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The Caltrain Board of Directors Thursday scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 2 to receive comment on possible fare increases and service reductions.  The service reductions under consideration include elimination of the Gilroy extension service, elimination of weekend service, and elimination of some early morning, midday, and late evening weekday trains. 

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Proposed fare increases include either a 25-cent increase to the base fare or a 25-cent increase to the zone fare, with corresponding changes to the Day Pass, Monthly Pass and 8-ride Ticket.

The public hearing will be held at the September Caltrain Board meeting at 10 a.m. at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos, Calif. The fare increase and services change recommendations will be presented to the board for adoption in October. Service changes and fare increases, if approved, would take effect next January.

Community meetings will be held in mid-August to give the public additional opportunity to review proposals, ask questions and provide comment. The time and location of the meetings, which will be held in each of the three counties that make up Caltrain’s service area, have yet to be determined.