By Matt Wilson, @WilsonSTComms

Effective July 1, Caltain will increase the Monthly Pass rate from 14 to 15 days starting with July pass sale period beginning Thursday, June 21.

Caltrain’s Board of Directors approved changes to the rail agency’s fares and parking fees during its Aug. 3, 2017 Board meeting. Fares were last adjusted on Oct. 1, 2017.

The Monthly Pass Rate is calculated based on the number of days a passenger would need to make round-trip rides for the monthly pass to result in additional cost savings versus buying standard, daily tickets. The rate has been increased by an additional day.

The changes were approved to provide revenue that will allow the agency to fully fund the cost of operating the system. Unlike most transit systems, Caltrain does not currently receive dedicated funding to support its operations. The cost of operating and maintaining the service has increased due to the challenge of accommodating record-setting ridership demand and maintaining an aging diesel system in a state of good repair.

The monthly pass, available only on the Clipper card, is valid for use for the calendar month for which issued. Monthly passes are honored for unlimited weekday trips between zones indicated on the pass. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the pass is honored for unlimited trips between all zones.

Ticket sales start on the 21st of the month and stop on the 15th of the month that the pass is valid. Monthly passes must be tagged by the 15th of the month to activate them, including Autoload customers.  If you loaded your card at a retail vendor (such as Whole Foods, Walgreens, or Anchor Drugs Pharmacy) or a Clipper Add-value Machine then you don’t need to tag (the pass was loaded when the card physically interacted with the Clipper terminal).

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About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.

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