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January 7, 2014 > AC Transit Fare Improvements

AC Transit Fare Improvements

Submitted By Clarence L. Johnson

AC Transit bus passengers will get discounts and a more convenient way to pay for their bus trips under a new fare policy that will take effect on July 1, 2014. The agencyÕs Board of Directors aborted a fare increase that would have occurred this summer and opted to adopt a new system that promises improved bus service and other passenger benefits without higher fares.

The new fare policy is primarily designed to promote the efficiency and convenience of paying faresÑand attract new ridersÑ by eliminating paper transfers, instituting a Day Pass and offering local discounts for Clipper Card users.

ÒThis new policy will streamline the fare process and, in doing so, make bus service much better for both the District and our customers,Ó said AC Transit General Manager David Armijo. ÒFor passengers, it eliminates the need to carry or fumble with cash to pay fares or buy transfers. For the District, it reduces dwell time at bus stops, making the commutes faster and reducing the amount of fuel consumed when coaches sit idling at bus stops. Ultimately, it will attract more riders by making fares less expensive and service more efficient.Ó

To minimize fare box delays, speed up passenger boarding, and dramatically reduce travel times, the new policy creates a Day Pass along with incentives to increase the use of Clipper Cards in lieu of paper transfers. The Day Pass will allow unlimited local rides all day and cost $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth, seniors, and the disabled. The pass will be available with either Clipper Card or cash.

More details about the new fare policy are available online at www.actransit.org.

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