On Friday, those bus trips just got a little bit more expensive. So did parking, and making mistakes while parking.
In an effort to bridge a two-year, $101 million budget deficit, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates Muni, raised transit fares, parking fees and fines.
Transit riders in the Mission are about as thrilled as people usually are about Muni fare hikes.
Jaime Vélez of Diamond Heights, waiting on 16th Street for the 22-Fillmore, which would take her to visit her mom in South San Francisco, reacted angrily upon hearing the news.
“I think they should make it cheaper for those making low income,” Vélez said. “It’s ridiculous. Times are tough as it already is.”
José Castro, 48, who rides the 49-Van Ness every day to his manufacturing job near Civic Center, was also upset. “The economy is already bad. Salaries are low. I don’t get paid much at my job, so this makes it worse,” he said.
Malika Jones, a student at City College of San Francisco, was more equivocal about the hike. “It happens all the time. No biggie.”
Muni-only “M” passes, which jumped from $55 to $60 last year, will now cost riders $62 a month. The “A” Fast Pass, which can be used for both Muni and BART stops within San Francisco, jumped from $70 to $72. The cost of a residential parking permit rose by $2, from $98 to $100 a year. [PDF]
Those who are offended by the fares and try to evade them may discover that the ticket for that has also jumped, from $75 to $100.
The regular $2 cash fare and $.75 senior, disabled and youth fares have not changed.
With fuel prices continually rising, the board made the decision to increase the fares incrementally, based on this year’s consumer price index, said Muni spokesperson Paul Rose.
“Our primary goal is to maintain the service we have and improve service in the future,” he said.
The price of a Muni “A” Fast Pass through the ages:
2000 – $35
2003 – $45
2009 – $55
2010 – $60