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Release date: 9/30/10

*** Press Release ***

As of Friday, Limited Use Muni Tickets Available at No Charge in Metro TVMs

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in San Francisco including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that effective Friday, October 1 the one time $.25 issuance fee for the new limited use Muni ticket will be suspended in order to make the transition to Clipper service easier and more convenient.

“This change reflects the long standing policy of the SFMTA Board of Directors to make San Francisco’s public transportation system as easy and convenient as possible for our customers. I am confident that my fellow board members will join me in officially suspending this issuance fee on October 19th,” said SFMTA Board Chairman Tom Nolan.

“The implementation of the new, modern Clipper smart card service is an exciting improvement to the Muni system and we understand that this is a big change for many of our customers,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Executive Director/CEO. “To ensure a smooth transition to the cash-less fare gates and help Muni customers get to their destinations more easily, we are suspending the 25 cent issuance fee on the new limited use ticket.”

The 90-day limited use Muni ticket was implemented last month along with the new cash-less fare gates in the nine Muni Metro stations. Ticket vending machines (TVM) in the stations dispense the Muni tickets as well as the re-usable full fare Clipper cards. The $.25 issuance fee for the Muni tickets was imposed to recover related costs, including production, inventory control and distribution, equipment maintenance and other administrative costs. The agency is working to identify funding sources to make up these related costs for each card. Prior to suspending the issuance fee for the new Muni ticket, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission was offering the permanent Clipper card at no cost to the customer – an offer that remains until June 2011.

While most San Francisco Bay Area residents will want to use the Clipper card, infrequent visitors to the City may prefer to use the new 90-day limited use Muni ticket. For short-term use and a few single or round trip fares, the Muni ticket is an easy alternative for those who do not live in the area. The Muni tickets expire after 90 days, cannot be registered for balance protection, and initially required a one-time $.25 issuance fee to the vendor to cover the cost. The Muni tickets are notable for the bright photographs on them that capture the diversity of Muni’s unique transit fleet.

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