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6/24/2010 Vol. , Issue 5 Contact Us
MAJOR ISSUES

Sun Metro Host Public Meetings
Mass Transit Department Proposes Fare Increase for 2011

 



Sun Metro will host eight community meetings to discuss a proposed fare increase for regular, students and LIFT passengers. The proposal does not increase the fare for senior and disabled passengers, and calls for the elimination of transfer fees.
 


Sun Metro will share the details of the proposal at the following meetings:

Date: Tuesday, July 6 Date: Tuesday, July 20
Time: 6 p.m. Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Main Library
(501 Oregon)
Location: Clardy Fox Library
(5515 Robert Alva)
Date: Wednesday, July 7 Date: Tuesday, July 27
Time: 6 p.m. Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Esperanza Acosta Moreno Library
(12480 Pebble Hills)
Location: Richard Burgess Library
(9600 Dyer)
Date: Tuesday, July 13 Date: Wednesday, July 28
Time: 6 p.m. Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Irving Schwartz Library
(1865 Dean Martin)
Location: Westside Library
(125 Belvidere)
Date: Wednesday, July 14 Date: Saturday, July 31
Time: 6 p.m. Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Ysleta Library
(9321 Alameda)
Location: Memorial Park Library
(3200 Copper)

"We encourage the public to attend any of the community meetings to learn the details of the proposal," said Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak.

If approved, the proposed fare increase would take effect in January 2011, and allow Sun Metro to continue enhancing the quality of public transportation in El Paso.

Under the proposal, the standard fare would increase from $1.25 to $1.50 per trip; eliminate the 25 cent transfer fee, making transfers free. Student fares would increase from 75 cents to $1, and the cost of the LIFT, Sun Metro's paratransit service, would increase from $2.50 to $3. Passengers with a LIFT ID would still be able to ride the regular, fixed-route, buses for free.

The proposal also recommends increasing the cost of the day pass from $3 to 3.50. Standard weekly passes would increase from $10 to $12; student weekly passes would increase from $6 to $7. Standard monthly passes would increase from $40 to $48; student monthly passes would increase from $25 to $30. Senior/disabled weekly passes would remain at $2.50 and monthly passes would remain at $10.

"We recognize that any increase is a burden for our customers, particularly during a recession. We also want to preserve some important discounts for seniors and people with disabilities, who are among the most transit dependent," Banasiak said. "The city is growing and to meet the existing and future needs of our community we must grow, too, and not allow ourselves to travel backward."




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