SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The Golden Gate Bridge District is well on its way to increasing fares 5% on its ferries come July. But transit experts have said that riders will feel the real pinch several years down the road.

For users of Clipper cards the one-way fare from Larkspur to San Francisco would go from $5.70 to $6.00. From Sausalito to San Francisco it would go from $4.80 to $5.00.

However this proposal also includes five percent hikes each summer until July of 2015. That means that Larkspur ride will be $7.00 in a few years.

Ron Downing, the district director of planning told the district board at a public hearing that this could mean an extra $500,000 each year for the district.

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“This proposal will bring our ferries’ stored value Clipper fares in line with that five-year fare program,” said Downing.

“It will also allow us to meet the board-adopted goal of a 40 percent fare box recovery for our ferry operations.”

No one spoke at the public hearing, and the full board is schedule to vote in late April.

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