If you’re daydreaming about a much better 2017 with fewer celebrity deaths, better elections and perhaps even world peace, don’t get a shock come January 1st when your favorite local Muni driver demands an increase on your daily commute.
For many, the first noticeable change in San Francisco post-2016 will be the extra effort required in digging around in pockets and change jars for an extra quarter.
Starting January 1st several fare changes will take place on San Francisco’s public transit. Those who pay in cash will notice this most acutely: fares will be increased from $2.25 to $2.50, unless you’re using a Clipper card, in which case fares will remain the same. This discrepancy of prices between the two payment options is SFMTA’s way of pushing its riders to use digital means of payment, instead of cash.
Those who purchase monthly passes will also see an increase. The “A” pass, which is for any adult, will spike to $91 a month from its current $86. Passes for youth, seniors, those on Medicare and people with disabilities will increase from $25 to $36 a month.
Fares will remain free for low and moderate income San Francisco youth ages five to 18.
But all end-of-year Muni news is not dismal: buses and lightrail will offer people free rides on New Year’s Eve, to help you get where you’re going when Lyft has a 500 percent price surge at 12:05 a.m. Free rides will be offered from 8:00 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 5:00 a.m Jan. 1.