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Cap Metro Wants Input on Proposed Fare Increases

By Lee Nichols, June 5, 2008, 3:20pm, Newsdesk

Press release from Capital Metro:

Austin, Texas, May 27, 2008 – Capital Metro will hold three community meetings and a Board of Directors public hearing to gain feedback on a proposed fare increase that could take effect January 2009.

If approved, the proposal would change Capital Metro’s base bus fare from 50 cents to 75 cents in 2009 and $1 in October 2010. All other fares would be adjusted proportionately. The proposal also includes the option of zoned fares for Capital MetroExpress bus and Capital MetroRail services.

It is necessary that Capital Metro propose this fare increase now to ensure a financially sustainable future to meet the demands of the area’s growing population.

During these meetings, Capital Metro representatives will explain the proposal and seek feedback from customers and community members.

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Pre-Public Hearing Open Houses:

• June 10, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Pat Bryson Hall, 201 N. Brushy Street, Leander
• June 11, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Austin Community College - South Austin Campus, 1820 W. Stassney Lane. Bus Routes 3, 103, 311.
• June 12, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street. Bus Routes 1L/1M, 3, 10/20, 14, 15/16, 27, 29, 30, Orange & Gold `Dillos.

Capital Metro Public Hearing: • June 27, Noon, Capital Metro Administration Office, 2910 E. 5th Street. Bus Routes 17, 300, Silver `Dillo.

[Editorial comment: who in the heck does Cap Metro think is gonna show up at noon on a Friday?]

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