Beginning Monday, the price of a regular fare on a muni bus or light rail car is $2.25. The day before that, the same trip cost just $2.00.
Some commuters say they will feel the increase. "I'm kind of on a budget since I am still in college. It's kind of hard on us, mostly because I have to pay for student loans. So it kind of bugs me," said Yasmin Jimenez of San Francisco.
"It adds up a quarter every day. You have to get a pass to get there and back," said Claudia Martin also of San Francisco.
This is the first fare increase in five years. Muni monthly passes are increasing $2 this month to $68. And muni and BART monthly passes increased by $4. Fares for seniors, the disabled and youth remain the same.
Most commuters told KTVU they are taking the increase in stride. "Got to support city workers and have to support the service this provides. It's a service worth paying for," said Paula Baum.
The fare hike is based on a formula that combines the consumer price index in the Bay Area with labor costs. The increases were approved earlier this year as part of Muni's two-year budget.
"It was really meant to address labor costs, upcoming as well as operating costs for the next two years," said Muni spokesman Paul Rose.
"I'm kind of worried if it is going to happen again or not. Because if it keeps adding more I am probably not going to be able to afford it," said Jimenez.
Bus passengers are advised to have that extra quarter on them, since the drivers don't give change.
This new fare will stay in place for at least the next two years.
After that, Muni can consider another increase based on the formula.
Firefighters are responding to a fire burning through multiple structures and vegetation in Forestville Monday afternoon, according to the Forestville Fire Protection District.
The fire was reported around 3:20 p.m. in the area of Laurel Avenue and Summerhome Park Road, near the Russian River, a volunteer with the district said.
The volunteer said three injuries were reported and Cal Fire crews are also responding to the fire.
The fire was not under control as of 4:45 p.m., the volunteer said.
No further details were immediately available.
Is that a bird, or Beethoven? Visitors to some Santa Clara County parks are hearing more than the sounds of nature. They're hearing the sound of music from pianos in the park. The instruments were placed at four Santa Clara County parks as part of the Sunset Piano Project.
"It's like, so strange! There's a piano in the middle of the park," said visitor Lehett de la Cruz. "Wouldn't it be nice if someone would play the piano while we're eating?"
KTVU watched several people walk by and give the old Cabinet Howard Grand upright a double take. The piano sits under a large shade tree by a drying out lake.
It seemed to beckon some visitors on a hot Labor Day. "Some of the keys are in tune, but some are out of tune," said Chelsey Layung. "It's still fun to play...I'm just glad it's here." Chelsey's brother, Tyler stood at the keyboard, "I don't need a chair," he said as he started to play "Wedding Dress.”
"Kind of soothing, even though the keys are out of tune," Tyler said. "It's like, the breeze and clean air..."
The Sunset Project has placed pianos up and down the Bay Area over the last year to see how piano music in an unexpected public place changes the way people interact and think. "Music makes people change their mood," agreed church pianist Eric Faustino. "If you're sad, music makes you happy. Sometimes if you're happy, music makes you sad."
Faustino seemed to be a bit of a pied piper at the piano. The more time he spent tickling the 88 keys, the more people gathered around him. "I'm feeling happy because a lot of people are here," Faustino said laughing.
So no one expected to go to Ed Levin Park for a piano sing-a-long, but that's exactly what happened. Faustino had the crowd singing church gospel songs. "All together now," he shouted from the keyboard, and they sang louder.
The pianos will be at Ed Levin, Vasona, Sanborn, and Alvio Marina parks through September.
Will 49ers player Ray McDonald join his team Wednesday at Levi’s Stadium to prepare for Sunday's season opener? A lot of people are asking that following the defensive lineman’s arrest for domestic violence.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell isn't talking, the Niners issued a brief statement and police are remaining tight-lipped.
Police radio traffic leading up to 49ers player Ray McDonald's arrest at his San Jose home Sunday could be one of the only pieces of information made public that the 29-year-old allegedly abused his pregnant fiancé.
So far, San Jose police will only confirm the arrest.
Neighbors in McDonald's upscale neighborhood won't talk. His team will only say it’s aware of the incident.
McDonald told KTVU he didn’t know if he was going to play in Texas and called it a crazy situation upon his release from jail.
The NFL’s lack of response over Ravens running back Ray Rice caught on video dragging his now-wife out of a casino elevator in February drew outrage.
The incident prompted Commissioner Roger Goodell to enforce stronger penalties for anyone involved in domestic violence incidents. Yet, the commissioner has not said anything about McDonald’s arrest three days after the policy was put in effect.
“That's the shocking part of it,” said Kathleen Krenek who is a domestic violence victims advocate “This person knew and he had to know of the policy and still he did what he did or allegedly did what he did, that's dangerous.”
Krenek runs Nextdoor Solutions which is a San Jose based nonprofit that helps domestic violence victims. She said she’s afraid the level of 'celebrity' players have gives them a sense they won't be held accountable.
Krenek is calling for McDonald to be suspended until after the case is resolved. "My hunch is that even though it's a felony, which is serious, they are going to plead it down to a misdemeanor,” said Krenek. “It’s going to be quiet."
On Wednesday, the 49ers will have a run through to go over plays for the Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday.
49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh has a scheduled radio interview in the morning where he may talk about McDonald’s arrest.
Labor Day weekend isn't over yet, but early numbers from the California Highway Patrol show a slight increase in drunk driving incidents compared to last year.
While your eyes are on the road, CHP Officer Matthew Nelson's eyes are on you. When on patrol, he drives a little faster than the speed limit - on purpose.
It allows him to visually scan a higher volume of cars throughout the day. His work is part of the CHP’s effort to get drunk drivers off the road this Labor Day weekend.
“There are more people on the road who are traveling to and from parties and hanging out with friends,” Nelso said of the greater likelihood of finding a DUI driver on the road on Labor Day weekend.
.08 is the legal limit in California. Nelson said in his seven year career with the CHP, he’s “arrested people who were three times that amount.”
A look at the early numbers show a slight increase in suspected drunk driving incidents in the Bay Area this year compared to last.
From Friday at 6 p.m. through Monday at 6 a.m. there were no DUI-related deaths on CHP-patrolled roadways during the Labor Day weekend in 2013. This year, during the same period, there’ve been three people killed in suspected drunk driving crashes on CHP-patrolled roadways.
DUI arrests in the Bay Area are also slightly up. CHP officers arrested 140 people suspected of drunk driving during the Labor Day weekend in 2013, this year, 154 people were arrested on suspicion of DUI.