CalTrain Rates Going Up in 2011

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    According to their press release, beginning Jan. 1, the Caltrain fare for each zone will increase 25 cents, with multi-ride tickets and passes adjusted accordingly. In addition, four midday trains will be eliminated.

    The fare for a one-way ticket from San Francisco to San Jose will increase from $7.75 to $8.50. The increase will generate approximately $1.4 million in additional revenue this fiscal year. The last fare increase was implemented in January 2009.

    Trains will operate hourly between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Northbound trains 237 and 257 and southbound trains 236 and 256 will be eliminated. This will save the agency approximately $160,000.

    In response to comments from people during the public hearing process, Caltrain also will implement a three-month pilot project to test the viability of express service on weekends. The pilot is expected to attract additional riders and help increase passenger revenues. The $107,000 cost of the pilot project will be offset by fuel savings accrued this year.

    Also, the price of the Go Pass will increase from $140 to $155.