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Public Meetings for Transit Fare Changes

SANDAG will hold two public meetings to receive comment on a proposal to amend transit fares affecting the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) service areas and proposed changes to the Regional Comprehensive Fare Ordinance.

Public Meetings will be held:
Thursday November 17, 2011
NCTD Board Room
810 Mission Avenue, Oceanside
6 – 8 p.m.

Friday November 18, 2011
SANDAG
8th Floor Conference Room
401 B Street, San Diego
12 noon – 2 p.m.

Promotional Fares to Become Permanent
• BREEZE – Change in One-Way Regular Cash Fare from $2 to $1.75 ($1 to $0.75 for Senior/Disabled/Medicare);
• LIFT - Reduce the LIFT fare from $4.00 to $3.50;
• COASTER – Change in One-Way Regular Cash Fare from a range of $5 to $6.50 to a range of $4 to $5.50 ($2.50-$3.25 to $2-$2.75 for Senior/Disabled/ Medicare);
• COASTER – Change in COASTER zones from four zones to three zones; from two zones to one zone within the NCTD service area and no change within the MTS service area).
• COASTER – Change Regular Monthly Pass Fares from a range of $144 to $182 to a range of $120 to $165 ($45.50 to $41.25 for Senior/Disabled/Medicare);
• COASTER – Change Discount for Single Ride and Round Trip tickets to a $0.50 discount on Single Ride tickets for those with Regular, Youth, or Senior/ Disabled/Medicare Compass Passes and a $1.00 discount on Round Trip tickets for those with Regular, Youth, or Senior/Disabled/Medicare Compass Passes.

The following new change is proposed:
• RegionPlus Day Pass – Reduce from $14 to $12

Additionally, the following wording changes are proposed to the Regional Comprehensive Fare Ordinance:
• COASTER - Establishment of supplement for Rail 2 Rail COASTER monthly pass upgrade ($59 for one-zone pass and $84 for three-zone pass) for Adult, Senior/ Disabled/Medicare, and Youth monthly passes;
• Revision of eligibility to purchase discounted passes for persons with disabilities. Make language consistent with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations and MTS and NCTD current practice.

The public meetings will be conducted in an open house format where participants can attend at any time during the meeting, ask questions of staff, complete comment cards, or make their public comments to the officiant and participants.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance in order to participate in the Public Meetings listed above. If such assistance is required, please contact SANDAG at (619) 699-1900 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. To request the materials in an alternate format and/or additional language(s), please call (619) 699- 1900, (619) 699-1904 (TTY), or fax (619) 699-1905.

If you are unable to attend one of the public hearings you may e-mail comments to fares@sandag.org, or provide your comments by phone, (619) 595-5388, fax (619) 699-1905, or to submit comments in writing, send to Regional Fare Changes, SANDAG, 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101. Comments must be received by Monday, November 21, 2011.

Project Manager(s)

Brian Lane, Senior Transit Planner
Phone: (619) 699-7331, E-mail: brian.lane@sandag.org

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.