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EMTA Proposes Fare Increases

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Erie resident Douglas Boyd doesn't mind a potential bus fare increase the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority is proposing.

"I think it's necessary if we want to expand the transportation availability in Erie,” he said.

Boyd was one of many people at the transit authority's meeting Tuesday morning that measured the public's opinion on a proposed bus fare increase. The plan would increase the base fare from $1.10 to $1.25 starting October 1. The proposal also calls for an annual 10 cent increase for the following four years, ultimately jumping the base fare up to $1.65 in 2019.

"We want to expand the transit authority,” said Michael Tann, EMTA executive director. “There are some significant increases that we would like to see later in the evening, some weekend service, some service into high-employment areas where additional service is needed."

The plan doesn't sit well with all riders, who say the seemingly small costs can add up.

"I don't think it's a good idea,” said Wuan Culp, an EMTA rider from Erie. “It doesn't seem like a lot, but there are some people who are less fortunate than others. There might be times people get on the bus and they're short two or three cents."

While there are mixed reviews about the potential fare increase, riders say getting more people on board will benefit the entire bus system.

“The more people that ride, the more we can increase our routes and maybe we'll increase longer hours on our routes,” said Passle Helminski.

"The more people that ride the bus, the better the bus will get,” Boyd added.

The transit authority will hold two more meetings, which are currently scheduled for July 29 in Edinboro.
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