Fast Pass sales down following January fare increase 

Muni’s Fast Pass sales have dipped following an increase in January to the monthly ticket fares.

Faced with ongoing budget problems, the agency increased its monthly Fast Pass costs in two increments — one version offered a $70 pass that included BART service in The City (previously provided for free) and the second offered a $60 Muni-only pass.

In December, the last month before Muni went with the increases, the agency sold 109,366 Fast Pass sales. In January, the agency sold just 98,217 — a 10 percent decrease. Of those sales, 55,946 were the Muni only passes — roughly 57 percent of the total sales for January.

While February sales increased from January, they were still below last year’s level. The agency sold 104,779 combined Fast Passes last month, a four percent drop from December.

Muni spokesman Judson True said the agency has seen an increase in cash-transfer sales since the Fast Pass fare hike, which is likely attributed to riders still figuring out which version of the Fast Pass they should purchase. Despite the drop in Fast Pass sales, overall fare revenues are still meeting budget projections, True said.

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