Fare Hike for AC Transit Bus Service

An increase taking effect Aug. 1 is the first of a series of fare boosts scheduled for the next 10 years.

Fares will go up for AC Transit bus riders come Aug. 1. This increase is the first in a series of automatic fare hikes that will take place over the next 10 years.

The basic adult fare will increase by 10 cents to $2.10. The fare for youth, seniors and persons with disabilities will increase by 5 cents to $1.05. The monthly pass will go up only for youth, from $15 to $20.

Transbay fares rise 20 cents to $4.20 for adults, and rise 10 cents to $2.10 for youth, seniors and the disabled. Below is a full list of changes to the bus fares effective Aug. 1.

According to an AC Transit press release, the fare hikes are expected to bump annual revenues by $2.4 million — or 29,000 additional hours of bus service.

The decision by the AC Transit Board of Directors in May to adopt the 10-year-policy stemmed from the need to close a budget gap of $14.9 million and to guarantee future and "predictable" sources of funding, the release said.

"We're left with few other choices given the volatility of current funding sources," said Interim General Manager Mary King in the press release. 

Fares are scheduled to rise by 25 cents every five years at two-year and three-year intervals. The next fare increase is scheduled for 2013. According to the AC Transit Board, the agency will re-evaluate its budget before implementing all future increases.

Bus fares effective Aug. 1, 2011:


Cash 31-Day Pass Adult (19-64) $2.10 $80 available on Clipper only Youth (5-18) $1.05 $20 available on Youth Clipper card only Senior (65+) & Disabled $1.05 $20 calendar-month


Cash 31-Day Pass Adult (19-64) $4.20 $151.20 available on Clipper only Youth (5-18) $2.10 Not available Senior (65+) & Disabled $2.10 Not available


Adult Youth Senior & Disabled Local Bus-to-Bus $0.25 $0.25 $0.25 Local Bart-to-Bus $1.85 $0.80 $0.80 Local-to-Transbay, Bus-to-Bus Free Free Free
David July 28, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Fare hikes above inflation PLUS an extra parcel tax that was voted in last year. All for less service. What's not to love about AC Transit?!
Gloria Amaral August 22, 2011 at 04:09 PM
I agree, if the service was better great. But will it be? Not likely.
David August 22, 2011 at 04:22 PM
If you take a bus, you better travel at least 4 miles to beat the (IRS-calculated) mileage costs for driving (of course you can go below the IRS calculation by driving a cheap car). But it takes you at least twice as long to travel in that bus (buses average 8 mph in Alameda versus driving average of 16 mph), you're losing money by losing that time. There's no economic reason to take a bus, ever, unless you can't drive (too young, too old, disabled). In which case, we have paratransit for the elderly, and the young folks get driven by their parents or can ride a bicycle. AC transit should be dismantled. Or get rid of all the busses and have vans shuttle people around. Everyone has a cell phone, meet at a stop and when enough people text a number, a van shows up. Wouldn't need a commercial bus driver's license etc. Labor costs, fuel costs and maintenance costs would all drop.


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