Some fares for SamTrans paratransit bus service are changing in the new year.
Paratransit riders can expect to see an increase in one-way trip rates from $3.75 to $4.25 starting Friday. SamTrans will also see an increase from $2.00 to $2.25 for non-paratransit travelers starting Jan. 10.
Lifeline fares, available to low-income customers, will remain the same.
In November, the SamTrans board of directors voted to increase the fares as a necessary response to inflation costs for operating the bus system.
The board also approved a 10 percent discount for Clipper card customers, while passengers 18 years of age and younger now qualify for a youth discount, SamTrans officials said.
The fare hike is the first of a series of increases to restore fiscal health in the agency, according to SamTrans officials. It will be the first time since 2010 that fares have been raised.
The next increase is scheduled to take place on Jan. 1, 2019.