EMTA to Hold Hearings on Fare Increases

- June 9, 2014 – The Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority last increased fares in 1997, and since that time has worked hard to keep costs down and maintain affordable fares for our riders. But despite the agency’s efforts, fuel prices continue to sky-rocket and federal funding continues to diminish. These and other factors have led EMTA to consider a 15 cent increase to the base cash fare, and a 13.6 percent increase across all ticket and pass prices for fall 2014.

Three specific issues are driving the potential increase: 1) Fares have not increased since 1997, which has negatively impacted revenue and the agency’s ability to offset expenses; 2) Transit agency peers throughout that state have an average base fare of $1.50, 36 percent higher than The e’s fare; and 3) recently passed Pennsylvania transportation legislation (Act 89) dictates that all the state’s transit agencies have a policy to increase fares commensurate with inflation.

It is important for The e to hear from the public about the agency’s intention to raise fares. That’s why The e will be undertaking an outreach campaign from July 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014 to obtain input from current riders, Erie residents, partner agencies and anyone affected by this consideration. Informational materials will be developed and placed on The e’s buses, bus shelters and other ageny facilities, and at public places like libraries and shopping malls, residential high rises and complexes, senior citizen centers and human services agencies. Information about the e’s fare increase will also be available on the agency’s website at: http://www.ride-the-e.com/

Additionally, two public hearings to receive comments from the public will be conducted on the following dates:
1.Tuesday, July 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Erie Intermodal Transportation Center at the Holland Street Pier
2.Tuesday, July 29th from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Edinboro Borough Building, Council Chambers located at 124 Meadville Street in Edinboro

Those who are not able to attend one of the public meetings are urged to provide feedback by submitting comments on The e’s website or by regular mail to:

The Fare Increase Comments
Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority
127 East 14th Street
Erie, PA 16503

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