CitiBus Riders Share Opinion on Proposed Fare Increase - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/1/07

CitiBus Riders Share Opinion on Proposed Fare Increase

CitiBus riders had the opportunity to voice their opinion about proposed fare increases Monday evening.

Three CitiBus riders spoke at Monday's public hearing and it only took ten minutes for them to get their point across.

When it comes to the 25 percent proposed fare increase, the people we talked to are all aboard.

For 30 years CitiBus has been rolling Mary Garza all over town.

"Taking the bus is the easiest way for me to go anyplace I want to go," says Garza.

But certain CitiBus services could come to a halt for customers like Garza if a 25 percent fare increase is not approved.

"It will affect me a little, but I have to ride the bus," says Garza.

Garza says she will dig deeper in her pockets because less service is a price she cannot afford. And that seemed to be the consensus of other CitiBus riders at a public hearing Monday evening.

One after the other got up and spoke in favor of the rate increase including 11 year CitiBus passenger Sheri DeCordova.

"I do support the rate increase. We all have a budget. This is not optional. This is mandatory. We have to operate CitiBus," says DeCordova.

CitiBus fares have remained the same since 1996. The increase would provide $135,000 in additional revenue.

"Filling up my vehicle costs more than the month pass. Even with the increase, you can't get a better bargain than that," says DeCordova.

If passed the bus fare would change from $1.00 to a $1.25. A day pass would go up from $2.00 to $2.50 and so on. There is a slight difference in bus fare for the elderly, those on Medicare and people with disabilities. 

A final public hearing will be held Tuesday at noon at the CitiBus building at 801 Texas Avenue. If approved the rate increase would be effective November 5th.

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