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Friday, October 1, 2010

Muni Drops 25-Cent Clipper Card Fee -- Could Cost System $1 Million

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 9:59 AM

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When SF Weekly earlier asked Muni why users of its new temporary Clipper cards were assessed a 25-cent surcharge -- which looked an awful lot like a gouge on tourists and the indigent -- we were told it was just a cost-recovery method for the pricey cards.

Muni has now opted to drop that quarter fee -- which agency spokesman Paul Rose said will put a roughly $1 million dent in Muni's budget.

In Muni's tried-and-true mantra, the agency will now be "looking for other funding sources."
When asked why Muni opted to eat $1 million annually, Rose noted that the "policy has gotten a lot of public feedback and we want to make the transition [to Clipper] as soon as possible. Suspending the fee will help with that."

Whether the terrible PR in a tourist town of dinging tourists was a factor -- well, use your imagination. Unlike the ramifications of Muni's new policy, using your imagination is free.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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