Change for the Bus

Capmetro to hold public hearings on the proposed doubling of fares next year.

Much as we may all whine and complain about Capital Metro, it's a lot better than the bus services in many towns and cities. For a start, we have one, which knocks most places into a cocked hat.

The big issue is always the price of tickets, especially with the proposed fare hike. As of Jan 1, 2008, Capmetro is proposing to double the basic price to ride, from 50¢ to $1. "All other fares," they add on the website, "would be adjusted proportionately." Meaning, presumably, doubled.

But at least there's some chance for public input about public transport. Capmetro will be holding a series of community forums over the next week. They start tomorrow at the Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, and then there's several more around the city, culminating in a public meeting with the board of directors on September 17.

See below the fold for times and dates, and have your say on what you want to pay.

Aug. 23, 5:30-7:30 pm, Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, 808 Nile Street, Bus Routes 2, 17 & 300

Aug. 27, 5:30-7:30 pm, Austin Public Library, Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina, Bus Routes 2 & 320

Aug. 28, 6-8 pm, Austin Community College, Pinnacle Campus, 7748 Highway 290 West, Bus Route 333

Aug. 29, 6-8 pm Pat Bryson Hall, 201 N. Brushy Street, (Leander City Hall)

Sep. 17, 5 pm, Capital Metro Administration Building, 2910 E. 5th St., Bus Routes 17, 300, Silver 'Dillo

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