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Caltrain’s board last week increased the discount it will offer to low-income riders who qualify for California’s regional means-based transit fare pilot program, Clipper START.
Under the pilot program administered by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, eligible Caltrain riders will have access to a 50 percent discount on single-rider fares through the use of a Clipper fare card.
In September 2019, the board adopted a fare structure that included a 20 percent discount for eligible participants in the Clipper START program. However, the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have made it more challenging for lower-income riders to afford transit fares, Caltrain officials said in a press release.
The decision follows the agency’s postponement of a fare increase that was planned to go into effect in April.
Clipper START is expected to launch this summer and run for 12 to 18 months. The Bay Area Rapid Transit District and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency also are participating in the pilot.