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Riding MUNI Now More Expensive than New York Subway

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Starting July 1st, MUNI is raising its single fare price to $3, and the monthly Adult A pass rises to $98.  To put that into perspective, a subway ticket in New York City costs $2.75.  In NYC, the trains run all night, get you practically anywhere you need to go via a connected underground system, and then there’s SF MUNI.  Where it still takes longer to get to the Marina from the Mission (49 minutes to go less than 4 miles), than it does to get from Brooklyn to Manhattan (46 minutes).  We’ll let you decide which is the better deal.

The upcoming fare increase is a part of the Automatic Fare Indexing Policy that started in 2009, which means that prices are determined by a formula based on monetary inflation and operations costs.  According to the SFMTA, pre-paid fares (Clipper or Muni Mobile) is still $2.50, which is part of why Transit Justice Coalition members like SOMCAN, are concerned.  This kind of price hike equates to a poverty tax.  SF citizens who are paying in cash are commonly the people who don’t have Internet service or phones or credit cards.  It’s also a bit of a tourist tax, because visitors to the city are also more likely not to own clipper cards, (although very few citizens are shedding too many tears for tourists).

The monthly M and A passes are also going up. Here are the main changes according to SFMTA:

Single Ride Fares Current- 7/1/19
Regular Adult: Cash (Clipper fare remains the same) $2.75 $3
Discount single ride*: Cash and Limited-Use Tickets $1.35 $1.50
Monthly Passes Current- 7/1/19
Monthly M pass (Muni only) $78 $81
Monthly A pass (Muni + BART within SF) $94 $98
Discount monthly* and Lifeline Pass $39 $40

Poppa’s got to pay for those new MUNI cars, and that incredibly over budget, deadline blowing Central Subway Line debacle.

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