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Public Notice - Proposed Revisions to the Regional Comprehensive Fare Ordinance

On December 16, 2011, at 9 a.m. at its regular meeting, the SANDAG Board of Directors is scheduled to consider adoption of an amendment to the Regional Comprehensive Fare Ordinance affecting transit fares in the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) service areas as described below. The meeting will be held in the SANDAG Board Room located on the 7th Floor of 401 B Street, San Diego, California and will be open to the public. The full text of the proposed amendment is on file with the Clerk of the SANDAG Board of Directors at the same address and may also be viewed electronically as part of the Board of Directors’ meeting agenda posted at www.sandag.org. Unless otherwise specified all changes are proposed to become effective on January 20, 2012.

In September 2010, the NCTD Board of Directors approved promotional fare decreases on the COASTER, BREEZE, and LIFT services for January 2011 implementation. These fare reductions were initially implemented for a one-year period and were part of an overall strategy by NCTD to enhance ridership and revenue.

•  BREEZE – The One-Way Regular Cash Fare was reduced from $2.00 to $1.75 ($1.00 to $0.75 for Senior/Disabled/Medicare (SDM) fares). This change also impacts the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Paratransit fare, which would decrease to $3.50 based on a rate of double the local fixed-route fare.

• COASTER – The One-Way Regular Cash Fare was reduced from a range of $5.00-$6.50 to a range of $4.00-$5.50 (and from a range of $2.50-$3.25 for SDM fares to $2.00-$2.75);

• COASTER – The number of COASTER zones was reduced from four zones to three zones;

• COASTER – The Regular COASTER Monthly Pass prices were reduced from a range of $144.00-$182.00 to a range of $120.00-$165.00 (and a reduction of $45.50 to $41.25 for SDM passes);

• COASTER – The discount for Single Ride and Round Trip tickets was changed to a $0.50 discount on Single Ride tickets for those with Regular, Youth, or SDM monthly passes on Compass Cards, and a $1.00 discount on Round Trip tickets for those with Regular, Youth, or SDM monthly passes on Compass Cards.

In September 2011, the NCTD Board of Directors requested SANDAG to amend the Regional Comprehensive Fare Ordinance to make these changes permanent. NCTD also has requested the new Rail2Rail agreement with Amtrak be added into the Regional Comprehensive Fare Ordinance where monthly pass holders would have the ability to ride Amtrak trains within the same zones as permitted by the COASTER monthly pass as follows:

• COASTER - Establishment of supplement for Rail2Rail COASTER monthly pass upgrade ($59.00 for one-zone pass and $84.00 for three-zone pass) for Adult, SDM and Youth monthly passes

Additional Modifications

Two additional modifications are proposed to the Regional Comprehensive Fare Ordinance:

• RegionPlus Day Pass – Reduce from $14 to $12, which would bring the day pass used on the COASTER fare in line with the reductions in COASTER Cash and Monthly Pass fares.

• Revision of eligibility to purchase discounted passes for persons with disabilities to make them consistent with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations and guidance.