MUNI has proposed a 25-cent raise in cash fares, another example of Clipper's increasing dominance in the growing Bay Area.
The surcharge is part of the new SFMTA budget plan adopted last Tuesday. The hope is that boarding times and costs will be slashed by using Clipper and MUNI Mobile, rather than cash.
If approved, the surcharge would come into effect January 1st. The extra 25 cents could raise $3.8 million dollars by the end of 2017. In addition to the fare raise, an extra $5 would be added to MUNI's monthly “A” Fast Passes, bringing the total to $88.
However, despite all the positive outcomes of raising cash fare payments, the public, and ourselves, are not convinced this surcharge is the right thing to do.
This method of money-making is unfair to the millions of people who use cash to pay their fare on MUNI. No one should have to pay more for not owning a Clipper card.
"It should be the same," exclaimed Thu Kyi, 18, a student at San Francisco City College. Antoinette Nwaokoro, a 53-year-old medical assistant, said "They shouldn’t have to pay extra. Everyone should pay the same.”
We hope the MUNI Board recognizes this biased and unjust surcharge as a step back for the MUNI system, but chances are they won't.
The SFMTA has a history of raising fares, and with Clipper becoming ever more dominant in the transit market, it's easy to promote Clipper by charging non-users more to help the system.