Golden Gate Bridge District holds hearing on fare increase plan 

The Golden Gate Bridge District will hold the first of two public hearings Wednesday on the agency’s proposed five-year fare increase program.

The bridge district, which manages maintenance on the historic span while also overseeing a ferry and bus fleet, has implemented some kind of transit fare increase every year since 1998.

With the district facing a five-year projected shortfall of $89 million, another set of fare increases is likely.

The district is proposing to raise bus fares by five percent annually. For its ferry service, its recommending to increase fares on its Sausalito line by $1 in year one of the plan, and then five percent annually over the next four years. For the Larkspur line, fares will go up five percent each year. The measures are projected to generate $2.6 million over the five year period.

The public will get a chance to weigh in on the proposals during Wednesday’s meeting. The bridge district has scheduled a hearing for 6 p.m. at the Whistlestop Wheels center in San Rafael. The district will hold a second hearing Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at its headquarters near the base of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The board could approve the fare increase program at its April 22 meeting. If authorized, the new fare structure would go in place on July 1.

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