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The Northern California Bay Area plans to launch a “1 transportation card” with unlimited travel starting on the 8th. Kingsoft UC employees can try it

According to”san franciscoAccording to SF Chronicles,Gulf regionThe transportation company is starting an experiment that will allow Bay Area commuters to use the BayPass transportation card to travel an unlimited number of times on public transportation in the Bay Area, including BART and most 27 transit operators. But at present only a few people use it.

The Universal Ticket was an experiment by Bay Area Transit to test how people would use this versatile card if it were sold to the general public. The pilot program entered the next phase on Dec. 8, and will also be available to 6,000 employees at UC San Francisco.

Under an agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, UC San Francisco will pay the commission up to $4.8 million to allow thousands of its employees unlimited use of the region’s mass transit system through the end of 2024. The second phase of the pilot will run until 2026 and involve 20,000 employees from 10 employers. The Transport Department is accepting applications.

So far, the pilots are showing clear results: People will take trains, buses and ferries more often because the passes offer unlimited travel on the transit system.

According to Department of Transportation data from the program’s first year, Bepass users made an average of 74% more transfers between multiple carriers per trip than regular Clipper card users. Of the 2 million trips logged by Bypass users, agencies like AC Transit (38%) and BART (26%) benefited from increased ridership.

It’s unclear when the passes will be available to the public and how much they will cost. MTC and BART funded the first phase of the pilot, which distributed 50,000 ByPass cards to college students and low-income residents.

Currently, some operators that charge flat fares, such as Muni ($81) and ACTransit ($85 for local rides), already offer monthly passes that allow riders to use their transit systems an unlimited number of times. . But since fare structures vary among transportation operators, it is difficult to offer an all-inclusive pass that will not allow any agency to lose fare revenue.

MTC spokesperson John Goodwin said the purpose of the bypass pilot is simple: to see if a win-win solution can be found that benefits both passengers and transportation companies.

to the people of philadelphiaUC BerkeleyFor UC Berkeley student Vice-Flamm, this gives him more freedom to travel to San Francisco for breaks and visit family in the East Bay. He said he would not have been able to complete his summer internship at the marina without BePass, which saved him about $30 a day in rent. But he also observed “completely incoherent” schedules among transportation agencies: the bus trip to the internship site took about four hours a day.

David Sorrell, chief transportation planner for the parking and transportation department at the University of California, Berkeley, said that since 12,000 ByPass cards were randomly distributed to students in the fall of 2022, the supply is still low, and some students who were not selected Reddit Posted on. Find BayPasses for sale. “If you give them an opportunity that is more affordable and more competitive than driving to campus, they will take mass transit,” he said.

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