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File #: 2021-1024   
Type: Consent Calendar Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/15/2021 In control: Transportation and Public Works
On agenda: 11/2/2021 Final action:
Title: Continued Participation in Clipper START Regional Means-Based Transit Fare Program
Department or Agency Name(s): Transportation and Public Works
Attachments: 1. Summary Report, 2. Clipper START Extension Resolution 11 02 21.pdf
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To: Board of Supervisors

Department or Agency Name(s): Transportation and Public Works

Staff Name and Phone Number: Johannes J. Hoevertsz, 707-565-2231

Vote Requirement: Majority

Supervisorial District(s): Countywide

 

Title:

Title

Continued Participation in Clipper START Regional Means-Based Transit Fare Program

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Recommended Action:

Recommended action

Adopt a Resolution approving Sonoma County Transit’s continued participation in the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Regional Means-Based Transit Fare Program (Clipper START Extended Pilot Program) through June 30, 2023.

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Executive Summary:

The Department of Transportation and Public Works is requesting adoption of a Resolution for Sonoma County Transit to continue participating in the Regional Means-Based Transit Fare Program established by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). The Regional Means-Based Transit Fare Program, branded as Clipper START, is a pilot program that seeks to improve affordability for adult transit passengers who earn a lower income. Originally, the program was to end on December 31, 2021. However, MTC recommends extending the pilot period until June 30, 2023 due to the effects of the pandemic on overall transit ridership and program participation. MTC will continue to provide funding from the Regional Means-Based Transit Fare Program to subsidize adult fare discounts offered during the Clipper START pilot program.

 

Discussion:

The Clipper START program is the first regional means-based transit fare program in the Bay Area. Launched by MTC in July 2020, the program offers a discount on single-ride transit fares for eligible adults who earn under 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Currently, there are 15 bay area transit operators who participate in the program, including Sonoma County Transit.

In response to COVID-19, MTC has recommended that participants extend the Pilot Program until June 30, 2023 to better gauge the level of participation by eligible passengers as Bay Area transit systems continue their recovery from the effects of the pandemic.

As a participant in the Clipper START Pilot Program, Sonoma County Transit offers a 20% per trip discount off its regular adult fare. After providing proof of identity and proof of income, eligible adults receive a personalized Clipper card that can be used for single-ride discounts on all participating transit systems.

MTC is providing funds to participating transit operators to help subsidize Clipper START fare discounts offered during the pilot period.

 

Prior Board Actions:

11-10-2020:  Board approved participation in MTC’s Regional Means-Based Transit Fare Program, through December 31, 2021.

 

Fiscal Summary

 Expenditures

FY 21-22 Adopted

FY22-23 Projected

FY 23-24 Projected

Budgeted Expenses

$15,000

$45,000

 

Additional Appropriation Requested

 

 

 

Total Expenditures

$15,000

$45,000

 

Funding Sources

 

 

 

General Fund/WA GF

 

 

 

State/Federal

$15,000

$45,000

 

Fees/Other

 

 

 

Use of Fund Balance

 

 

 

Contingencies

 

 

 

Total Sources

$15,000

$45,000

 

 

Narrative Explanation of Fiscal Impacts:

This program will be funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.  The expense to Sonoma County Transit will be in the form of uncollected fare revenue, which will be offset by funding from MTC.

 

Narrative Explanation of Staffing Impacts (If Required):

None.

 

Attachments:

Resolution

 

Related Items “On File” with the Clerk of the Board:

None.