Caltrain riders have chance to rail against cash fare hike 

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Caltrain passengers who pay their fares with cash will get a chance to vent today on a proposal to make it more expensive to travel on the regional train system.

The transit agency is recommending increasing one-way cash fares by 25 cents a zone, meaning a trip from San Francisco to Gilroy will increase from $12.75 to $14.25. Similarly, the round-trip cost for that same ride will go up from $25.50 to $28.50. Caltrain is also recommending eliminating its eight-trip pass and increasing the price of Go Passes — unlimited monthly travel plans that are purchased by area employers — from $165 to $175.

The proposed cash increases will generate $2.2 million for Caltrain. However, agency spokeswoman Christine Dunn said the changes are aimed at further integrating the Clipper card into the Caltrain fare system. The Clipper card is the regional fare payment system slated to be available at all Bay Area transit agencies. Caltrain passengers who use this payment method will not be subject to any fare increases.

Following today’s public hearing, the Caltrain board will vote on the proposal at its March 1 meeting.

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