SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Along with the new year, commuters will find fare increases for the transit agencies across the Bay Area.

On Jan. 1, BART will raise its fares by just over five percent.

“BART has a scheduled inflation-based increase. On average that will be about 19 cents for the average ride,” John Goodwin, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, said.

Goodwin said the fare increases will be used to improve the system.

San Francisco’s Muni, which carries more passengers than BART, will increase the cost of its one, three and seven-day passes by $1. Regular daily fares will not change.

Meanwhile, SamTrans and AC Transit said they will make a number of changes to their bus routes.

Goodwin said that if Bay Area commuters have noticed that buses, trains and ferries seem more crowded, there is a reason.

“It’s the economy that drives everything. When you’ve got more people working, more people are riding transit.”

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