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Caltrain approves fare, fee increases


Caltrain's board last week approved changes to its fare policy that will alter certain ticket prices and fees.

The changes were approved after the board sought public input over a two-month period, Caltrain officials said in a press release.

The fare policy changes call for:

• Caltrain's executive director to gain the authority, effective Aug. 1, to charge fees up to $25 a day at impacted stations for special events at the San Mateo Event Center and professional sports venues.

• The cost of a paper one-way ticket ride to increase by 25 cents and day passes by 50 cents, effective Oct. 5. The cost of a one-way ride will remain the same for those using Clipper passes.

• A Go Pass to increase by $15 to $180 per participant, with a minimum participation level of $15,120, effective Oct, 5. In 2016, the cost of the Go Pass will increase to $190 per participant, with a minimum participation level of $15,960.

• The "Youth" classification, which provides a 50 percent discount over the full fare, to be expanded from 17 years to 18 years, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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