Caltrain is likely to declare a fiscal state of emergency Thursday after a public hearing on drastic service cuts and a 25-cent increase to the base fare.
Fares on Golden Gate buses and ferries may go up, and free parking could disappear at the bridge district’s Larkspur lot, because of a budget shortfall.
BART says there aren’t enough Clipper smart-card transit cheats to warrant card changes.
Most passengers who exited the BART system with a negative balance on their Clipper cards later paid the fare rather than trying to game the system, according to the agency that issues the cards.
Fares for Golden Gate Ferry frequent riders using a fare-discount Clipper Card might not increase as much as proposed, a Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District spokeswoman said Thursday morning.
It turns out a Clipper card feature that lets riders who are unexpectedly short on fare exit the station and pay later isn’t set up in a way so that the rider must eventually pay up.