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Comprehensive Fare Ordinance

The SANDAG Board of Directors approved the region’s first Comprehensive Fare Ordinance encompassing fares charged on all public transit vehicles in San Diego County operated by Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the North County Transit District (NCTD) on March 24, 2006.

The Comprehensive Fare Ordinance consolidates the existing fare levels and regulations of MTS and NCTD into a single SANDAG ordinance.

The Fare Ordinance is consistent with SANDAG Board Policy No. 029, Regional Fare Policy, which provides the regional framework for transit fares. All fare changes, including fare increases or changes in fare types, must be approved by the SANDAG Board of Directors or the Transportation Committee. Public hearings will be held whenever fare changes are being considered.

2019 Fare Changes - New Fares Effective September 1, 2019

MTS and NCTD proposed to amend the ordinance to adjust transit fares and collected public comments at six public meetings throughout the region in October and November 2018. The adjustments are needed because while operational costs have increased over the past 10 years, fare revenues have declined, and fares have not increased. Increasing fare revenue will assist in maintaining high levels of service and simplifying the fare structure across the region.

A final recommendation was considered by the SANDAG, MTS, and NCTD boards of directors. The SANDAG Transportation Committee, Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee, and Board of Directors considered the proposed changes on the following meeting dates:

Transportation Committee: January 4, 2019

Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee: January 9, 2019

Board of Directors (1st Reading): January 25, 2019

Board of Directors (2nd Reading and Approval): February 8, 2019

To implement fare changes, SANDAG is required to amend the Comprehensive Fare Ordinance and TransNet Ordinance. The proposed fare changes are estimated to result in an annual passenger revenue increase of approximately $7.6 million. Changes to the Fare Ordinance resulting in fare increases were last made in 2009.
 
New fares include:
 
• Introduction of a combined Youth and Senior/Disabled/Medicare Regional Day Pass at $3

• Increasing the age limit from 60 to 65 years for the senior discount across all fare types (seniors 60 or older prior to the effective date will remain eligible for reduced fares)

• Increased discounts to youth monthly passes (would equal a price reduction from $36 to $23 for Regional, $50 to $32 for Premium Regional, and $82.50 to $58 for COASTER)

• Decreased discounts to Senior/Disabled/Medicare monthly passes (would equal a price increase from $18 to $23 for Regional, $25 to $32 for Premium Regional, and $41.25 to $58 for COASTER)

• Changes to numerous MTS- and NCTD-specific one-way fares and monthly pass prices into simplified Regional Fares

• For improved simplification of the fare structure, removal of certain passes including the separate SPRINTER/BREEZE monthly pass, Trolley transfers, and multi-day passes

Fare Changes

SINGLE RIDE VIAJE ÚNICO

Fare Product
Tarifa de producto
Pass Type
Tipo de pase
Current
Actual
Proposed
Propuesto
MTS Bus Autobús MTS Adult Adulto $2.25 $2.50
SDM* $1.10 $1.25
MTS Trolley Trolley de MTS Adult Adulto $2.50 Same Igual
SDM* $1.25 Same Igual
Rapid Express Adult Adulto $5.00 Same Igual
SDM* $2.50 Same Igual
MTS RURAL Adult Adulto $5.00 - $10.00 $8.00
SDM* $2.50 - $5.00 $4.00
NCTD BREEZE Adult Adulto $1.75 $2.50
SDM* $0.75 $1.25
NCTD SPRINTER Adult Adulto $2.00 $2.50
SDM* $1.00 $1.25
COASTER (1 Zone/Zona) Adult Adulto $4.00 $5.00
SDM* $2.00 $2.50
COASTER (2 Zone/Zona) Adult Adulto $5.00 $5.75
SDM* $2.50 $2.75
COASTER (3 Zone/Zona) Adult Adulto $5.50 $6.50
SDM* $2.75 $3.25
NCTD FLEX (Except/Excepto 372) Unchanged Sin cambios
NCTD FLEX 372 Unchanged Sin cambios

MTS ACCESS & NCTD LIFT

MTS $4.50 $5.00
LIFT $3.50 $5.00

 

DAY AND MONTHLY PASSES PASES DIARIOS y MENSUALES

    
Fare Product
Tarifa de producto
Pass Type
Tipo de pase
Current Day Pass
Pase de un día actual
Proposed Day Pass
Pase de un día Propuesto
Current 30-Day/Monthly Pass
Pase de 30 días actual
Proposed 30-Day/Monthly Pass
Pase de 30 días propuesto
NCTD SPRINTER/ BREEZE Adult Adulto - - $59.00 Removed
Removido
SDM* $2.25 Removed
Removido
- -
Regional Pass (MTS Bus, Trolley, Rapid, NCTD BREEZE, SPRINTER) Adult Adulto $5.00 $6.00 $72.00 $72.00
SDM* - $3.00 $18.00 $23.00
Youth*
Jóvenes
$5.00 $3.00 $36.00 $23.00
RegionPlus± Adult Adulto $12.00 Removed
Removido
- -
Premium Regional° Adult Adulto - $12.00 $100.00 $100.00
SDM* - $6.00 $25.00 $32.00
Youth*
Jóvenes
- $6.00 $50.00 $32.00
COASTER Regional (Rapid Express + all COASTER zones) Adult Adulto - $15.00 - -
SDM* - $7.50 $41.25 $58.00
Youth*
Jóvenes
- $7.50 $82.50 $58.00
COASTER Regional
(Rapid Express + all COASTER zones)
1
Zone
Adult Adulto - - $120.00 $140.00
2
Zone
Adult Adulto - - $150.00 $161.00
3
Zone
Adult Adulto - - $165.00 $182.00

*S/D/M = Senior/Disabled/Medicare *Senior = 65+
Personas mayores/con discapacidades/Medicare Personas mayores: 65+
+Youth = Ages 6 through 18 (5 & under ride free)
Jóvenes = entre 6 y 18 años de edad (de 5 y menores viajan gratis)
± Currently includes all modes except ACCESS, LIFT, MTS Rural, & FLEX 372
Actualmente incluye todos los modos excepto por ACCESS, LIFT, MTS Rural y FLEX 372
°Premium regional includes Regional Pass modes and MTS Rapid Express and NCTD FLEX (Except FLEX 372),
Regional Premium incluye modos en Pase regional y MTS Rapid Express y NCTD FLEX (Excepto por FLEX 372)