Look for Raleigh bus fare to rise

Posted November 2, 2013

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— Bus riders in Raleigh and the Triangle might have to dish out some extra cash next year.

Capital Area Transit (CAT) and the Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) are proposing fare increases in 2014 and 2015 to keep up with escalating operating costs and pay for new services and buses.

For local cash rides, fares could increase from $1 to $1.25 in 2014 and then again to $1.50 in 2015. Regional rides could increase from $2.00 to $2.25 in 2014 and then again to $2.50 in 2015.

Raleigh Transit Administrator David Eatman said if the new CAT fares are implemented Jan. 2 as proposed, the increase could provided about $1.4 million annually.

But, Eatman said, it’s unlikely that staff will be able to make it through the process by then. As with all fare increases, it’s likely that CAT will initially lose some riders before gaining them back.

CAT hasn’t increased fares since January 2007, just before the recession began to take its toll on the Triangle.
In the past seven years, costs have continued to rise while CAT’s budget remained flat. Fuel, labor and maintenance costs have all gone up. In 2007 fuel cost the city $2.04 per gallon. It increased by about 53 percent to $3.12 in 2012.

Raleigh Public Record: Bus fares could rise next year


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  • Rolling Along Nov 4, 2013

    Good. Time or these losing enterprises to pay for themselves.
    Billy the Kid
    November 4, 2013 8:24 a.m.
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    Let me know when 440 is completely paid for by the people that use it too.

  • baldchip Nov 4, 2013

    Somebody has no clue about economics. Does Belks raise prices when numbers are down?? How about Ford or GM?? Only gov't run operations raise prices when numbers are flat or down.

    When real businesses want to raise revenue and increase sales, they LOWER the price!! DUH!!! If ridership is down, raising prices will only drive more business away. Only those with no alternative will continue to use buses.

    What is needed is economic leadership-not beaurocratic leaders who have no clue about sales and marketing!! Yet-I'm not surprised!!

    It's incompetent government at it's finest-AGAIN!!

  • cynda-ur-way Nov 4, 2013

    how can you see how many people are on a bus through the windows of it. The R-line busses all have treated windows that incorporate signage so just how does one count riders that way?

  • Titus Pullo Nov 4, 2013

    What is the true cost of each rider on the system?

  • Pepe Silvia Nov 4, 2013

    HadEnough - What is the REDLINE? Do you mean the R-LINE that goes through downtown or are you talking about something else?

  • HadEnough Nov 4, 2013

    I think the city should do away with the REDLINE bus. That costs taxpayers $70,000k per week! I never see anyone on those busses.

  • Dr Sanchez Nov 4, 2013

    I use the park and ride lot and ride the bus to NC State to avoid the crazy parking fees on campus. They should increase service in mornings and afternoons, the bus is standing room only, it's getting to a point of being ridiculous.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Nov 4, 2013

    Still a good deal.

  • Billy the Kid Nov 4, 2013

    Good. Time or these losing enterprises to pay for themselves.

  • djofraleigh Nov 4, 2013

    Ridership is way up too since 2007. How much of the dollar fare actually pay of the cost? How much are taxpayers paying for each rider now over that dollar?