Capital Metro Shouldn't Raise Rates

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 6, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Capital Metro is being misleading at best when it claims it hasn't raised fares since 1985 [“Streetcar Plans Unveiled,” News, Nov. 3]. They effectively doubled the fare last year with the elimination of transfers. The way the system is designed one must almost always take two or more buses to get anywhere. This used to cost 50 cents and now costs $1. To double this would mean a 200% increase in just three years. They also want to raise the fare for special transit by 300% for the people who depend on the bus more than anyone. Cuts in service, elimination of ozone days, and now outrageous fare increases are all part of an effort to bankroll the Leander train. Normally, a project like this is subsidized by the feds, but they won't touch it because of the low ridership projections. We cannot allow our transit authority to finance its boondoggles by squeezing funds from the people who can least afford it.
Glenn Gaven
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