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Fayetteville Raises Vehicle Tax, Bus Fares

Posted April 8, 2008

— City Council members voted Monday night to raise bus fares and vehicle taxes to fund extending bus routes and to expand the fleet.

The vehicle tax will be doubled from $5 to $10 per vehicle, Councilman Keith Bates said.

Regular bus fares will go up by 50 cents to $1.50.

The system's on-demand service for disabled people will cost a dollar more. That fare was set at $2.50.

The Council intends for the increased fees to pay for improvements to the Fayetteville Area System of Transit, Bates said.


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  • ezLikeSundayMorning Apr 8, 2008

    Roads, mass transit, and side walks are all part of the same transportation system. The government facilitates transportation for citizens. Most commonly thought of is building roads for people with cars to drive on. When growth creates traffic congestion, gov't has more options than simply building more roads (some can't do that), one option is to provide and encourage mass transit.

    There are many tools for encouraging mass transit and/or discouraging single occupancy vehicles. Low bus fares and/or high gas taxes for example. I would prefer to see fast and efficient mass transit be the encouragement.

    There is a public welfare component to mass transit, but first and foremost it is a transportation issue. Many roads are gridlocked during rush hour, but lightly traveled the rest of the day, running a few extra buses during rush hour makes much better use of our tax dollars than building more and bigger roads that will only see high usage 20 hours per week.

  • ranquick Apr 8, 2008

    WOW WOW WOW....50 cent to $1.50 and also raiese the Vehicle tax. WOW WOW WOW. I agree why not just raise the bus fares so it will support itself, Fauetteville no is unfairly taxing those who do not even use the public transit system

  • whatelseisnew Apr 8, 2008

    Same old thing with politicians. Attack motor vehicle drivers. The correct thing should have been to raise the bus fares so that the system supports itself.

  • CestLaVie Apr 8, 2008

    Hey - I've got an idea, which was brought on by all these taxes city governments devise as revenue sources.

    Why not a tax on crime??????? Set the taxes really high for suspected rape, murder, robbery, and then on a sliding scale from there downward, but still make them high. If you're found not guilty, the system would have to pay you back, maybe (!). This would have to be paid in additional to jail time. No probabtion allowed if you can't pay the tax, and not even a portion of it like bond fees. If you can't pay it, too bad - go to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Your life is forfeited until you clean up. All these taxes could be used to build more prisons, staff them, hire rehabilitation & probation officers. If everyone loves jail so much that they keep messing with theirs and everybody else's lives, then we'll help them stay in jail. It probably IS better than what they had before they got there.