EMTA Proposing 15 Cent Fare Increase

- June 27, 2014 - If you ride the "E", you might be paying more for a lift this fall.

The EMTA is proposing a 15 cent fare increase to keep up with state regulations including Act 89 and Act 44.

But officials say it's the first time rates have gone up since 1997.

Officials say that over the last 17 years, they've done all they could to keep the fare from going up in price.

But they say costs to provide services have increased significantly, including fuel prices, healthcare costs, pensions and salaries.

The current bus fare is $1.10, but could go up to $1.25.

EMTA is comparing its operations with others to determine the fare that they say keeps pace with inflation.

In order to keep with inflation, they are also proposing a base fare increase of 10 cents every year over the next four years.

Just a reminder, seniors will still ride for free.

EMTA is hosting public meetings because they want feedback from the public.

A public hearing is set for July 15th, one session from 11am to 1pm and another that night from 5pm to 7pm at the Intermodal Center.

Another one is set at the same times on July 29th at the Borough of Edinboro Building on Meadville Street.

E-mail comments can be sent to lerwin@ride-the-e.com.

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