The Transpo Board of Directors voted to raise fares across the board starting April 5. Transpo raised the adult rates by $.25, to $1. There hasn’t been a rate hike in 18 years.
"Transpo has not proposed this increase without great and long-term effort to forestall it,” said Chip Lewis, Transpo Board Chairman.
The board needed to cut more than$1 million from the budget because of state and federal cuts.
Still, the board approved an amendment to the ordinance before voting. The amendment keeps transfers free. Originally, a transfer fee of $.25 had been proposed.
"We've determined that we can make do through 2010 without levying the transfer fee portion,” said Lewis.
Some of the changes are as follows:
Adult fares that now cost $.75 will be $1.00 starting Monday.
Discount fares will go up from $.35 to $.50.
Multi-ride passes will rise in cost as well.
Transfer fees will not be considered until January 2011 at the very earliest.
South Bend is now on par with cities like Evansville and Lafayette for an adult fare. Riding the bus in Gary or Indianapolis costs more, said Lewis.