June 18, 2010
Media Contact: Tasha Bartholomew, 650-508-7927
New SamTrans Fares Takes Effect July 1
Beginning July 1, the SamTrans paratransit fare will increase 50 cents to $3.50 and the Lifeline fare will increase 25 cents to $1.75.
SamTrans provides paratransit service using Redi-Wheels on the bayside of the county and RediCoast on the coastside. Paratransit is for persons with disabilities who cannot independently use regular SamTrans bus service all of the time. Lifeline fares are for qualified low-income customers.
The increases are part of the fare and service changes approved by the SamTrans Board of Directors last fall. The fare increase will help cover increasing costs. Adult, Eligible Discount and Youth fares also were raised in February, following a series of community meetings and a public hearing.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, better known as ADA, is federal legislation that guarantees persons with disabilities full and equal access to the same services and accommodations that are available to people without disabilities. The law requires public transit operators to provide paratransit service to persons with disabilities that are comparable to fixed-route service.
Paratransit fares cover about 5 percent of the cost of providing the service. Passenger fares cover approximately 18 percent of the cost to operate regular SamTrans service. A complete list of fares can be found at www.samtrans.com.