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Fare Hike for AC Transit Bus Service

An increase taking effect Aug. 1 is the first of a series of fare boosts scheduled for the next 10 years.

Fares will go up for AC Transit bus riders come Aug. 1. This increase is the first in a series of automatic fare hikes that will take place over the next 10 years.

The basic adult fare will increase by 10 cents to $2.10. The fare for youth, seniors and persons with disabilities will increase by 5 cents to $1.05. The monthly pass will go up only for youth, from $15 to $20.

Transbay fares rise 20 cents to $4.20 for adults, and rise 10 cents to $2.10 for youth, seniors and the disabled. Below is a full list of changes to the bus fares effective Aug. 1.

According to an AC Transit press release, the fare hikes are expected to bump annual revenues by $2.4 million — or 29,000 additional hours of bus service.

The decision by the AC Transit Board of Directors in May to adopt the 10-year-policy stemmed from the need to close a budget gap of $14.9 million and to guarantee future and "predictable" sources of funding, the release said.

"We're left with few other choices given the volatility of current funding sources," said Interim General Manager Mary King in the press release. 

Fares are scheduled to rise by 25 cents every five years at two-year and three-year intervals. The next fare increase is scheduled for 2013. According to the AC Transit Board, the agency will re-evaluate its budget before implementing all future increases.

Bus fares effective Aug. 1, 2011:

Local

Cash 31-Day Pass Adult (19-64) $2.10 $80 available on Clipper only Youth (5-18) $1.05 $20 available on Youth Clipper card only Senior (65+) & Disabled $1.05 $20 calendar-month

Transbay

Cash 31-Day Pass Adult (19-64) $4.20 $151.20 available on Clipper only Youth (5-18) $2.10 Not available Senior (65+) & Disabled $2.10 Not available

Transfers

Adult Youth Senior & Disabled Local Bus-to-Bus $0.25 $0.25 $0.25 Local Bart-to-Bus $1.85 $0.80 $0.80 Local-to-Transbay, Bus-to-Bus Free Free Free

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