Caltrain considers charging more when riders pay cash 

click to enlarge Plastic fantastic: Caltrain says the proposed hike in cash fares is part of its transition to the Clipper card. - SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • Plastic fantastic: Caltrain says the proposed hike in cash fares is part of its transition to the Clipper card.

Caltrain fares could be going up for passengers who use cash to pay for their travel.

One-way cash fares, which can be purchased at ticket vending machines at Caltrain stations, could increase by 25 cents for each of the rail operator’s six zones, under a proposal being backed by the agency. 

With the changes, a one-way trip between San Francisco in Zone 1 and Gilroy in Zone 6 will increase from $12.75 to $14.25. Under Caltrain’s proposal, round-trip cash day passes would increase by 50 cents, meaning two-way travel between San Francisco and San Jose would go from $25.50 to $28.50.

Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said the increases are part of the agency’s ongoing transition to the Clipper card, the region’s one-stop transit pass. For Clipper card users, there will be no fare increases.

The agency will hold a series of public meetings to gather feedback on the plan, including a Jan. 24 gathering at the San Francisco Tennis Club at 6 p.m. On Feb. 2, Caltrain will hold an official public hearing at its board of directors meeting to discuss and possibly approve the proposal.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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