Capital Metro Fare Increase Is Unfair

RECEIVED Thu., Aug. 7, 2008

Dear Editor,
    I ride Capital Metro every day back and forth to work, to save money (from Pflugerville to Downtown Austin).
    Now, Capital Metro is proposing a more than 50% rate increase, from $17 to $36 [“Committee Approves Bus Fare Hike,” News, Aug. 8]!
    This is nothing but price gouging and pure greed! As one of many state workers, we cannot afford this rate hike.
    I understand that in the Texas 80th legislative session, Sen. Jeff Wentworth and Rep. Dawnna Dukes placed an item in the House appropriations bill which contained a call to allow state workers to ride Cap Metro free; as is allowed for UT students and employees, city of Austin employees, etc. The content of this proposal failed. We can only hope that this issue is refiled in the 81st session.
    Texas state workers work hard for the state of Texas, and we are proud to serve. A 2% raise this September will not help us in this gas price crisis.
    The Austin-area metroplex has thousands of commuters, and as state workers, we deserve to ride the bus to work for the state of Texas without additional money coming out of our salaries.
Sue Spencer
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