Fare Change Proposal – AC Transit / Dumbarton Express

The Dumbarton Express is overseen by a consortium of transit agencies (AC Transit, BART, SamTrans, Santa Clara VTA, and Union City Transit), with the contract administered by AC Transit.

Changes to AC Transit’s fare policies apply to the Dumbarton Express.  In April, the AC Transit Board of Directors voted not to raise fares this year, as originally scheduled.  Instead, a decision was made to explore a new fare structure and pricing with potential benefits for riders and service reliability overall.  Any fare changes adopted  would also apply to the Dumbarton Express (DBX), pending approval by the other DBX consortium agencies.

A proposal is ready for public review and comment, and includes these elements:

•             Introducing a local Day Pass & eliminating transfers
•             Adjusting local pass prices
•             Offering discounts on local Clipper fares

The new Day Pass would be good all day for unlimited local rides and cost $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for youth, seniors, and disabled. The pass would be available with Clipper or cash. With Clipper, you would just need to keep cash value on your card. When you reach $5.00 (or $2.50) paid during the day, the Day Pass would be activated and no additional funds would be deducted. (A Day Pass sold on DBX buses is not part of the proposal.)

In conjunction with introducing the Day Pass, local transfers would be eliminated.

To encourage more Clipper use, the fare proposal includes a small discount on local fares for Clipper users—10 cents off for adults and 5 cents off for youth, senior, and disabled, making the fares $2.00 and $1.00, respectively.

There are several ways to comment about the proposal.

Special notes on how the proposed changes would affect Dumbarton Express riders:

Cash users:

  • Passengers who transfer from a local AC Transit bus to ride the DBX locally would pay a full cash fare on both buses ($2.10 + $2.10), unless the passenger purchased a paper Day Pass on the AC Transit bus. In that case, the passenger would flash the pass on the DBX bus and ride locally at no additional charge.
  • Passengers who transfer from a local AC Transit bus to ride the DBX transbay would pay a full cash fare on both buses ($2.10 + $4.20), unless the passenger purchased a paper Day Pass on the AC Transit bus. In that case, the passenger would flash the pass on the DBX bus and add $2.10 to the farebox.

Clipper users:

  • Passengers who transfer from a local AC Transit bus to ride the DBX locally would have the full fare deducted on both buses*. These fares would “accumulate” up to $5.00, at which point a local Day Pass would activate and all local rides on AC Transit or the DBX would be free for the remainder of the day.
  • Passengers who transfer from a local AC Transit bus to ride the DBX transbay would have the local fare deducted on the first bus and the upgrade fare deducted on the second bus (just as today).

*If the proposed Clipper discount is approved, the fare would be $2.00 instead of $2.10.