GRTC Announces First Rate Hike in 17 Years
The GRTC Transit system has announced its first fare increase in 17 years, with higher rates to go into effect the first of next month. Charles Fishburne reports.
Most bus fares will go up a quarter, from $1.25 to $1.50, and it will affect a lot of people.
Clary: We average 40 thousand rides a day.
GRTC’s Kathy Shaw Clary says riders pay about 40% of the cost. And the rest?
Clary: There's been cuts in federal and state revenue to GRTC, as well as flat funding from both the city and county levels; and we also have higher operational costs because fuel's going up and, as a result of that, GRTC going into this fiscal year was faced with a 5.1 million dollar deficit.
She says they’ve cut everything they can but service, and without the fare increase, that would be next.
Clary: We can only put the service on the street for the money that we have available.
Council has already approved the increase, but still must pass on the date, which is set for August 1st. Charles Fishburne, WCVE News.