Triangle Transit, CAT want feedback on proposed fare increases

Posted May 3, 2014
Updated May 5, 2014

— Bus riders in the Triangle could soon have to dish out some extra cash to make their way around the area.

After nearly a decade of keeping the price of bus fares consistent, Capital Area Transit and the Triangle Transit Authority are proposing increases for 2014 and 2016 that are designed to help the keep up with escalating costs and improve bus services and facilities.

The cost of a local day pass would rise from $2 to $2.50 in 2014 and climb from $2.50 to $3 in 2016.

Regional daypass fares would rise from $4 to $5 during the two-year span, and express daypass bus fares would go from $5 to $7. A full list of proposed increases has been published online.

The fares would go up in fall 2014 and again in 2016, officials said. Triangle Transit and CAT have estimated boardings of 28,000 each weekday.

Hope Krehibiel, who rides a bus three to four times a week, said the increase would have an impact on riders.

"Upkeep of the buses versus what we are paying isn't comparable," she said. "When you only have so much money every month, it definitely impacts you."

Karen Webster, also a frequent rider, said riding the bus would still be a good deal even with an increase.

"I think it's a good deal. I don't have to pay car payment and car insurance and all that," she said.

The agencies are seeking public feedback on the proposed increases. The first of two public hearings on the proposal will take place Monday at 6:30 p.m. inside the City Council chambers.

The second hearing will be held May 21 at 1 p.m. at the Triangle Transit administrative offices on Emperor Boulevard in Durham.

A fare equity analysis is also being conducted under federal guidelines for implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to review how the proposed changes may affect minority and low income populations.

Final approval will be needed from the Raleigh Transit Authority and Triangle Transit Board of Trustees.


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  • whatelseisnew May 5, 2014

    Please raise them so that the rest of us are not gouged to support this nonsense. The people using the buses should be the ones paying for it and no one else.

  • rduwxboy May 5, 2014

    The fare increases are appropriate. More service is certainly needed. Especially the Triangle Transit buses that go between the 3 Universities. The Triangle Transit express buses are standing room only most mornings.

  • Todd Singleton May 5, 2014
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    This is often the only response conservatives have from one constant perspective. Why not cut to the chase and just all get shirts that say "I'm being taken advantage of". Then you can stop repeating yourselves on all issues.

  • 12345_here May 5, 2014

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    Kind of a one sided take on it there.
    These folks save the rest of us time and money by not buying cars and creating more congestion and road costs.

    The fare increase should go through as long as ridership increases, and the routes continue to serve high congestion markets.

  • iopsyc May 5, 2014

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    The CRA comes into play because the transit agencies receive Federal funding.

  • 96073464 May 5, 2014

    I think they should have to explain exactly what expenses have increased if they actually want feedback. Otherwise they are just saying, "we are spending more on ourselves for which we want others to pay".

  • ncprr1 May 5, 2014

    What does this have to do with civil rights? Expenses increase and so should the fares. They are heavily supplemented as it is. Why not have the riders pick up a small portion of the extra cost?

  • 03arabian2 May 5, 2014

    Wake and Durham residents already pay a tax on their car registration for these buses and a few a county fee on top of that for them too. In all the years I have been paying these taxes I have never stepped on a TTA bus or CAT.
    In the story this lady said:

    Karen Webster, also a frequent rider, said riding the bus would still be a good deal even with an increase.

    "I think it's a good deal. I don't have to pay car payment and car insurance and all that," she said.

    I guess she should thank everyone of us that does have a car paying that tax/fee for her not paying more already to ride everyday.