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Release date: 6/6/11

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the City, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today reminds customers that Muni fare increases of $1 to $2 will take effect July 1. This includes July passes and stickers purchased during the July pass sales period (June 17: Clipper sales; June 24: in-store sales). As of July 1 increases to parking fees and fines will also take effect.

“Our first priority is to improve the quality and value of services we provide for the City,” said Tom Nolan, Chairman of the SFMTA Board of Directors. “By taking proactive measures such as creating the Agency’s first financial reserve, identifying internal efficiencies and implementing moderate increases, we can serve this priority and plan for fiscal sustainability.”

“There is no doubt that our recent budget deficits have required us to make tough choices that we do not take lightly,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA Executive Director/CEO. “We are working hard to ensure the financial stability of this agency while providing the highest possible quality of service to all of our transportation customers.”

Muni fare increases of $1 to $2 will include all monthly passes, the cable car cash fare and special event fares. The regular $2 cash fare and $.75 cash Seniors, Disabled, and Youth fares will not change. The base fare evasion violation will go from $75 to $100.

The cost-based recovery increases for parking fees and fines includes a Residential Parking Permits, which will increase by $2, color curb services and disabled parking citation penalties.

Full lists of the new fee and fare amounts can be found at:

July 2011 Sustainable Streets Fee and Fine Increases

July 2011 Transit Fare and Fee Increases

Though no Muni fare increases were approved for FY 2010-11, the fare increases were approved for implementation for FY 2011-12 during the budget process in 2010.

In 2010, while preparing its two-year operating budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010-11 and FY 2011-12, the SFMTA declared a fiscal emergency to bridge projected budget shortfalls of $56 and $45 million respectively. Proposed funding solutions to bridge these shortfalls included transit service modifications and parking fee and fine increases. Also proposed were transit fare increases as determined by the Automatic Indexing Plan, a blended formula based on the Bay Area Labor Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers (CPI-U) and SFMTA labor costs.

Community input was sought to discuss the various funding options during a number of public hearings held in February, March and April of 2010. As required by the City Charter, advertisements publicizing each of these hearings were placed well in advance in Bay Area newspapers. Multi-lingual ads were also placed in prominent Chinese and Spanish newspapers in San Francisco.

The SFMTA Board of Directors approved the SFMTA’s two-year budget for FY 2010-11 and FY 2011-12 in spring 2010 with no subsequent action by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Muni Fare Indexing Plan

The fare increases are the result of the Agency’s automatic indexing plan that uses a formula of the Bay Area Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers (CPI-U) and the SFMTA’s actual labor costs.

Muni monthly passes were last increased over several months in 2010. Other fare increases were last implemented July 2009. The previous duration between increases was five years or more. After hearing a great deal of public comment on the importance of not imposing larger and less frequent fare increases, the SFMTA shifted to the smaller indexed fare increases.

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