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October 15, 2013 > AC Transit proposes easier and improved bus fares

AC Transit proposes easier and improved bus fares

Submitted By Clarence Johnson

AC Transit has outlined a plan to offer passengers discounts and new ways to pay bus fares. Among other things, the plan would introduce a local Day Pass, eliminate paper transfers, and offer discounts on local Clipper Card fares. No fare increases are being proposed. All cash fares would remain the same for both local and transbay services.

The new Day Pass allows unlimited local rides all day and cost $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth, seniors, and the disabled. The pass would be available with either Clipper Card or cash. With Clipper, if riders have the cash value on their cards, once they have paid fares, the Day Pass would be activated and no additional funds would be deducted during the day.

With cash, bus riders could buy the Day Pass when they board the bus and then ride all day - as many times as they want - without paying again. If the Day Pass is not purchased at the fare box, those using cash would have to pay the full fare each time they board the bus.

Under the plan, the traditional paper transfers would be eliminated because the Day Pass would make them unnecessary. Local transfers with Clipper would also be eliminated because the Day Pass would be automatically applied as described above. Similar fare structures are in place at transit agencies nationwide, including in the Bay Area at SamTrans and Santa ClaraÕs VTA.

On Oct. 23, the AC Transit Board of Directors will hold public hearings on the proposal at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at AC Transit General Offices in downtown Oakland.

For a detailed outline of the fare proposal, visit AC TransitÕs site at www.actransit.org.

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