The Caltrain board of directors voted to postpone planned fare increases to encourage more riders to return to the system during its May meeting, according to the agency's news release.
Caltrain’s original board decision to raise the price of certain Clipper fare products was made in September 2019. In addition, there were two 5% increases in the cost of a Go Pass that were scheduled for Jan. 1, 2023 and Jan. 1, 2025, both of which have been delayed by a year.
The reduction of the Clipper discount from 55 to 25 cents was planned for April 1, 2022, has been pushed back to July 1, 2028. The Base Fare was scheduled to increase by 50 cents on July 1, 2022 and July 1, 2026, but both have been pushed back by a year. The 25-cent increase in the Zone Charge will now occur in July 1, 2025, rather than July 1, 2024.
As a result, Caltrain fares, including the existing Clipper Adult fare discounts, Adult Monthly Pass pricing will not change.
The 2023 Go Pass pricing has also been approved. Customers that are enrolled for the last six months of 2022 (i.e. an effective date no later than July 1, 2022) will receive a promotional 20% discount off the 2023 Go Pass price of $342 per year.
In addition to this discount, the board approved options that provided flexibility to Go Pass institutions by enabling distribution of unused stickers to on-site contracted staff, temporary employees, part-time employees, interns, and graduate and post-doctoral students.