S.F. Bay Area Fare Integration Study Voted Down
"At Monday’s nine-member Clipper Executive Board meeting at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, managers of Caltrain, BART, AC Transit, VTA, and other regional transit agencies defeated a motion to study the costs and business case for that type of fare integration in the [San Francisco] Bay Area," reports Roger Rudick.
Transit advocates say an integrated system where one entity collects fares for a zoned system and disburses funds to operators would make using transit in the Bay Area much easier, more efficient, and less costly for riders.
A business case study would have been the first step in understanding how an integrated system might operate among Bay Area agencies, and it would have cost $600,000. Several transit officials opposed the study by arguing that their agencies might lose revenue under a fare integration system.