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San Francisco Bay Ferry 2015-2020 Fare Program

San Francisco Bay Ferry 2015-2020 Fare Program

In September 2014, San Francisco Bay Ferry adopted a 5 year Fare Program designed to establish consistent fare categories, streamline the types of tickets sold, and promote a consistent level of discount pricing across all S.F. Bay Ferry services.  In addition, the Fare Program establishes a fixed annual fare increase beginning July 1, 2015 to offset inflationary cost increases, and rising operational and fuel costs.  A summary of the changes by ferry service are provided below.

Summary of new fares in effect July 1, 2017 (PDF)

Aviso de la Aplicación del Programa de Tarifas (PDF)    票價計劃執行通知 (PDF)

Alameda/Oakland   -   Harbor Bay   -   South San Francisco   -   Vallejo   -   FAQ
 

Alameda/Oakland to San Francisco
The following Alameda/Oakland fare policy changes will be implemented on November 1, 2014:
   • Youth Fare eligibility will be expanded from 5-12 years of age to 5-18 years.
   • The Youth Fare discount will be expanded from 44% to 50% of the Adult cash fare.
   • The Active Military fare category will be eliminated.  Active Military personnel are encouraged to use the Clipper card which provides a bigger discount.
   • The 10-, 20-, and 40-ticket books will be discontinued although ticket books in circulation on November 1 will be honored.  Ticket book users may want to consider using the Clipper Card as it provides a discount comparable to that afforded by the 20-ticket book.
   • The School Group Fare will be set at 66% off the adult cash fare.

Starting on July 1, 2015, the base level adult fare will increase by 3% (rounded to nearest dime) annually for the duration of the Fare Program.  The table below details the fare increases for the Alameda/Oakland to San Francisco ferry service for the duration of the 5 year fare program:

 
 

Harbor Bay to San Francisco
The following Harbor Bay/San Francisco service fare policy changes will be implemented on November 1, 2014:
   • Youth Fare category is expanded from 5-12 years of age to 5-18 years.
   • Senior Fare category is changed from 62 years of age to 65 years to be consistent with other S.F. Bay Ferry routes and other Bay Area transit providers.
   • The Active Military fare category will be eliminated.  Active Military Personnel are encouraged to use Clipper as the Clipper Card provides a better discount.
   • Youth, Senior and Disabled fares are set at 50% of the adult cash fare.
   • A new school group fare is introduced providing a 66% discount off the adult cash fare.
   • Multi-ride ticket books will no longer be sold although ticket books in circulation on November 1 will be honored.  Note: Using a Clipper card provides a discount comparable to that afforded by the 20-ticket book.
   • The Monthly Pass will be discontinued. The last Monthly Pass will be for October 2014.

Starting on July 1, 2015, the base level adult fare will increase by 3% (rounded to nearest dime) annually for the duration of the Fare Program.  The table below details the fare increases for the Harbor Bay to San Francisco ferry service for the duration of the 5 year fare program:

 


South San Francisco/East Bay Ferry Service
The following South San Francisco/East Bay service fare policy changes will be implemented on November 1, 2014:
   • The Youth Fare category is expanded from 5-12 years of age to 5-18 years.
   • The School Group Fare is set at a discount of 66% off the adult cash fare.

Starting on July 1, 2015, the adult Clipper fare will increase 3% annually, and the adult cash fare will increase 6% annually for the duration of the Fare Program.  The table below details the fare increases for the South San Francisco/East Bay ferry service for the duration of the 5 year fare program:

 


Vallejo/San Francisco Ferry Service
The following Vallejo/San Francisco fare policy changes will be implemented:

On November 3, 2014:
   • Youth Fare eligibility will be expanded from 6-12 years of age to 5-18 years.
   • A new school group fare will be introduced providing a 66% discount off the adult cash fare.
   • Clipper fares are $9.75 for Adult and $6.50 for Youth, Senior, and Disabled customers.

On January 1, 2015:
   • Group Day Passes, Day Passes, and 10-Ticket Ride Cards will no longer be sold although passes and cards in circulation on January 1, 2015 will be honored. The Vallejo Monthly Pass will continue to be offered.
   • SF MUNI transfer sticker will be discontinued.  Transfer discounts for MUNI will be available for Adult customers using Clipper ($0.50 discount on MUNI when transferring from ferry; $0.50 discount on ferry when transferring from MUNI).

Starting on July 1, 2015, the base level adult fare will increase by 3% annually (rounded to nearest dime) and the cost of the monthly pass will increase by 6% annually for the duration of the Fare Program.  The table below details the fare increases for the Vallejo/San Francisco ferry service for the duration of the 5 year fare program:

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Ticket books are being discontinued.  What about the ticket books I already have?
What about the Monthly Pass?
Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay/San Francisco route ticket books purchased prior to November 1 will continue to be accepted.  On the Vallejo service, day passes and 10-ride cards purchased prior to January 1, 2015 will also continue to be accepted.

The Harbor Bay Monthly Pass will be discontinued.  The last Harbor Bay Monthly Pass will be for October 2014.  On the Vallejo route, Monthly Passes will not be discontinued and will be available for the foreseeable future.

I currently use a multi-ride ticket book. Since these will be eliminated, which is the best ticket for me now?
You may want to consider using a Clipper Card. The Clipper fare provides a significant discount off the adult cash fare (approximately 24% depending on the route) and is comparable to the discount provided by the 20-ticket book.  Clipper will be available for Vallejo customers this November.

I receive commuter benefits through my work. How can I use these benefits on San Francisco Bay Ferry?
Clipper works with several commuter benefit programs including, Commuter Check, WageWorks, Tranben, Transit Center, and Beniveral/eTRAC.  Read more.

Where can I get information on obtaining Clipper cards, adding value, maintaining my Clipper account, replacing a lost card, etc.?
Clipper information is available:
By calling Clipper Direct at (877) 878-8883
Visiting www.clippercard.com
Visiting www.sanfranciscobayferry.com
In the “Clipper Card on the San Francisco Bay Ferry” brochure available onboard the ferry.

I heard that Bay Area companies are now required to provide employees with commuter benefits programs. Is this true?
Many Bay Area employers already offer commuter benefit programs.  However, as of September 30, 2014, all employers in the nine county Bay Area with 50 or more full-time employees are required to offer a commuter benefits program to their employees.  For information on this new requirement visit https://commuterbenefits.511.org.  Ask your company Human Resources Department or Employee Benefits Coordinator about the commuter programs offered by your employer.


For additional information please contact Ernest Sanchez, Manager of Public Information & Marketing, at sanchez@watertransit.org

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