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Release date: 6/29/09

*** Press Release ***

San Francisco— On Wednesday, July 1, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni) and oversees all surface transportation in San Francisco, will increase Muni fares and parking fees.

Muni cash fares and monthly passes will increase, with the adult fare going from $1.50 to $2 and the adult monthly Muni pass from $45 to $55. Discount cash fares (for Seniors, Youth and People with Disabilities) will go from 50 to 75 cents and discount Fast Passes will rise from $10 to $15.

Special Event Muni service, including the Candlestick Park Express service, will increase by $2.

One Muni fare will decrease.  The Lifeline Fast Pass, an income-based pass, will go from $35 to $30.

The Muni cash fare was last raised in 2005, when it went from $1.25 to $1.50.  The cost of an Adult Fast Pass last increased in 2003.

Hourly parking meter rates will increase 50 cents citywide. All City-owned garages will increase or adjust their rates and various street parking rates and fees will also increase.

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

•           Parking rates and fees:

•           Transit fares:

The SFMTA Board of Directors approved the Amended Operating Budget for fiscal year 2010 on April 30, which included these fare and fee increases (though the Fast Pass increase was approved in April 2008).  The SFMTA, like almost all transit agencies in the United States, faced an unprecedented budget deficit because of the global and national recession. The sizeable City budget deficit and the elimination of transit operations funding by the State of California contributed to a deficit of $128.9 million for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.

To balance this deficit, the SFMTA increased revenue by almost $39 million while reducing expenditures by more than $90 million by eliminating positions and finding internal efficiencies.  The SFMTA also approved a reduction in Muni service, though the SFMTA worked with the Board of Supervisors to fund service enhancements on some of the busiest Muni routes and lines.  Both the service cuts and the service enhancements are slated to take effect in October 2009 after extensive public outreach.

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