Urge Caltrain and other transit boards to study integrated fares

Last month, we were disappointed when the General Manager of Caltrain and SamTrans, and the group of the Bay Area’s top transit agencies, decided to postpone taking meaningful action to move toward a more integrated, equitable, coordinated system of transit fares across the Bay Area.

Jim Hartnett, the GM of Caltrain, expressed concern about potential costs, and Grace Crunican, the BART GM, expressed concerns about the ability of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and transit agencies to work well together.

Despite the fact that transit users have consistently asked for a simpler regional fare system, Bay Area transit general managers at the June Clipper Executive Board meeting declined to advance a business case study about fare integration.

This event demonstrates how it’s now more important than ever to tell transit agency leadership that we expect more from them. Concerns that fare integration would prove to have costs shouldn’t be a reason not to do a study – it should be a reason to do a study and assess the costs as well as the benefits.

To encourage transit agency boards to make Fare Integration a priority, you can take the following steps (starting with the easiest):

1. If you haven’t already, sign this petition showing your support for a seamlessly integrated regional transit system. We’ll keep you posted on future opportunities to stand up for integrated fares, schedules, and wayfinding.

Sign The Petition

2. Please send a letter to the boards of Caltrain, BART, and other services you use, urging them to move ahead with the study (we’ve made it easy by starting the letter for you).

Write the Caltrain Board
Write the BART Board
Write the SFMTA (Muni) Board
Write the VTA Board
Write the SamTrans Board
Write the Golden Gate Transit Board
Write the AC Transit Board

You may write multiple letters; for example, if you live in San Francisco, you can write the BART Board, the SFMTA Board, and the Caltrain Board. It’s great if you can customize the letter with your personal experience that motivates you to want change.

3. Come to one of the following board meetings in July or August and tell board members you want to see the study move forward:

Upcoming board meetings in July

SamTrans 
July 10, 2:00pm Agenda
August 7, 2:00pm

AC Transit
July 10, 5:00pm Agenda

Caltrain
July 11, 10:00am Agenda
August 1, 10:00am

BART 
July 11, 8:30am Agenda
August 8, 9:00 am
August 22, 9:00 am

SFMTA 
July 16, 1:00pm Agenda
August 20, 1pm

VTA 
August 1, 5:30pm

Note: No upcoming Golden Gate Transit Board meetings have been posted

Let’s make sure transit agencies hear from transit riders that integrating transit fares is an urgent priority.