"One of those trends is that many transit agencies are moving away from paper fare media, such as transfers and tickets because of issues with fare evasion and fraud," LAVTA officials said in a statement. "The proposed changes are intended to increase revenue without significantly impacting ridership; to have an easily understood fare policy; and to have a fare policy that promotes safe and timely bus operations."
The policy changes are expected to be considered at the Oct. 1 meeting of the LAVTA Board of Directors. If approved, this would be LAVTA's first fare increase since 2009.
The proposed changes include:
* Eliminating the use of paper transfers, and encouraging those who ride multiple routes throughout the day to use the Day Pass instead of one-way cash fares;
* Selling Day Passes, which cost $3.75 full fare and $1.75 reduced fare, on all Wheels and Rapid buses;
* Discontinuing the sale of sheets of Fare Buster and Senior/Disabled tickets, out of fraud concerns;
* Implementing a $1.60 Clipper Card Youth Fare to replace the Fare Buster tickets, which are mostly used by students in middle and high school;
* Increasing the Senior/Disabled/Medicare Monthly Pass fare from $18 to $22, effective January 2019, and raising the price another $4 in each of the two subsequent years;
* Increasing the LAVTA Dial-a-Ride Paratransit fare by 25 cents in January 2019 to $3.75 and an additional 25 cents the following January up to $4.
LAVTA fixed route full cash fare is $2, and is not subject to change, according to the proposals as currently presented. The proposed increase for the Senior/Disabled/Medicare Monthly Pass fare would mean the pass would be discounted by 50% of the regular price, as opposed to 70%.
Community members are invited to voice their thoughts on the proposed changes at three public hearings LAVTA will hold this month, preceding the Oct. 1 board meeting. The first hearing will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. in the Regional Room at Dublin City Hall, 100 Civic Plaza, followed by another hearing that same day at 6 p.m. in the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., in one of the center's classrooms.
The final hearing will take place next Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Sycamore Room at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave.
The public can also submit feedback by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, via mail to Fare Policy Comments, LAVTA, 1362 Rutan Court, Ste. 100, Livermore, CA 94551, or by fax to 443-1375. In order to have input considered for the final staff recommendation, the deadline to submit comments is Sept. 14 at 5 p.m.
The Oct. 1 board meeting will begin at 4 p.m. in the boardroom at LAVTA's administrative offices, at the aforementioned Rutan Court location.
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