Caltrain Raises Base Fare By 25 Cents

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (AP) - Caltrain passengers will pay more to
ride the train next year.

The Bay Area commuter train's board approved a 25 cent increase
in the base fare yesterday that will go into effect in January.

Caltrain officials say the fare increase is needed to help pay the high cost of diesel fuel. It's expected to raise about $950,000 in additional revenue this fiscal year and nearly two million dollars next fiscal year.

The board rejected a steeper increase that would have seen both
the $2.25 base fare and $1.75 per-zone fare go up by 25 cents.

Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn says officials considered raising both fares too much of a hardship for riders.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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