Price of San Francisco Muni passes, taxis and parking to rise 

No matter how San Franciscans travel — by bus, car or taxi — they can expect to get dinged with extra transportation costs in the next few months.

Starting July 1, Muni will impose several preapproved fare increases that will affect the transit-riding public. The monthly pass fares (including BART service within The City) will be hiked from $70 to $72, a hike based on annual inflation rates. Similarly, the $60 monthly pass (which doesn’t include BART service) will go up to $62. The cost of riding the cable car increases from $5 to $6.

Monthly Muni passes for disabled, youth and senior passengers will go up by $1, as will the monthly Lifeline passes, which are available for low-income residents.

Transit riders won’t be the only ones feeling the pinch on July 1. Residential parking permit fees are rising from $98 to $100. Since August 2008, the yearly parking permits have increased by 67 percent — from $60 to $100.

Citations also will be going up for transit and traffic scofflaws. The fine for motorists misusing a disabled parking placard will increase from $827 to $935, and transit riders who try to ride the Muni system without a fare will be hit with a $100 ticket — $25 more than the current amount.

Taxi riders will not be granted a reprieve either. Starting on Aug. 1, meter rates on taxis will increase by 50 cents a mile and 10 cents for time spent stuck in traffic. The starting rate for cabs also is set to go up 40 cents, from $3.10 to $3.50.

With the changes, a three-mile cab trip with three minutes of wait time will increase from $11.20 to $13.40, a 20 percent hike. The new meter rates will make San Francisco one of the costliest cities in the country to grab a cab.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages traffic and transit issues in The City, approved the fare and fine increases in 2010 in an effort to bridge a two-year, $101 million budget deficit. The increases to taxi meters rates were approved last month.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

 

Summer price hikes

City commuters will be paying more come July for Muni, parking and cabs.

Transit fares

  • Muni monthly pass with BART: now $70; July 1 $72
  • Muni monthly pass without BART: now: $60; July 1 $62
  • Disabled, youth and senior pass: now $20; July 1 $21
  • Disabled, youth and senior pass with BART: now $25; July 1 $26
  • Lifeline pass: now $30; July 1 $31
  • Single-ride cable car: now $5; July 1 $6

 

Traffic fines and fees

  • Residential parking permits: now $98; July 1 $100
  • Illegal use of disabled parking placard: now $827; July 1 $935
  • Boot removal fee: now $272; July 1 $280
  • Improperly registered/altered license plates: now $55; July 1 $114

 

Taxi meter rate increases

  • Flag drop*: now $3.10;  Aug. 1 $3.50
  • Mileage rate: now$2.25 per mile; Aug. 1 $2.75 per mile
  • Waiting rate per minute: now 45 cents; Aug. 1 55 cents

 *Starting meter rate for taxi service

Source: SFMTA

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