VTA to raise adult fares, reduce youth fares starting Jan. 1

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The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) announced Monday an increase in the price of the adult fare from $2 to $2.25 per ride and a reduction in the youth fare from $1.75 to $1 per ride starting Jan. 1.

See the chart below for all fare adjustments beginning Jan. 1.

Additionally, riders who purchase a Clipper card will get free transfers for two hours between all VTA vehicles, with the exception of Express bus trips, where free two-hour transfers are allowed only between two Express buses.

Also taking effect Jan. 1, the VTA said there will be frequency improvements and expanded hours of service as part of the agency’s New Transit Service Redesign:

Light Rail: Frequency on Line 902 (Mountain View to Winchester) will increase from 30 minutes during midday to every 15 minutes during the week.

Rapid 522 (Palo Alto to Eastridge): Evening hours of service extending during the week from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.; earlier service hours on weekends, with Saturday beginning at 6 a.m. instead of 8 a.m., Sunday service beginning at 6 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.; later service hours on weekends, with Saturday service ending at 11 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. and Sunday service ending at 10 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.

Bus routes 72 and 73: Between 5:30 a.m. and midnight, Monday through Friday, frequency will increase from every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes; Between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., evening service will increase from approximately every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes, after which service will operate hourly until midnight instead of approximately 10 p.m.; Evening hours will also be extended on the weekend with Saturday service ending at midnight instead of approximately 9 p.m., and Sunday service ending at 11 p.m. instead of approximately 8 p.m.

More planned service changes under the New Transit Service Redesign will go into effect when passenger service of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension begins, currently anticipated for June 2018.

“At that time, VTA will have new system maps and time guides, light rail lines easily designated by color, new station signage, and more descriptive bus stop signage,” the agency said.

For more details of system enhancements and modifications planned for next year, please visit here.