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Caltrain proposes fare, zone changes for more efficient service

In order to accommodate its growing service, Caltrain has proposed changes in its fare structure and fare collection system.

Set to go into effect this fall, the changes would enable Caltrain to provide more efficient service, according to a prepared statement. The changes also would provide consistent fares for all rider groups, and reduce the potential for fare abuse and evasion.

One-way fares would increase from 25 cents to $3, depending on the zone. Caltrain also plans to reduce zones from nine to six.

Ticket validity periods and types would change, as well. For example, one-way tickets would be valid for three hours and a day pass would replace round-trip tickets.

The agency has scheduled public meetings to obtain comments and input. Caltrain’s board plans to hold a public hearing before approving the changes.

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