DATA officials seek feedback on proposed fare increase

From staff reportsApril 30, 2013 

— The Durham Area Transit Authority will solicit feedback Wednesday on a proposed bus fare increase.

The city of Durham wants to increase fares in September to help offset a projected $1.6 million revenue shortfall to maintain current services. A cost of a single trip would rise from $1 to $1.25.

To hear from riders, DATA and Triangle Transit staff will be on the platform at Durham Station on Wednesday, from 7 to 10 a.m. and again from 3 to 6 p.m. There also will be a chance to comment on the proposal at a public meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Durham Station.

DATA’s base fare has not changed since 2003, and over the past decade the authority has added discounts and free rides for children, students and the elderly. In 2003, fares covered 25 percent of operating costs; now, they cover 16 percent, with local, state and federal taxes accounting for most of the rest.

Raising the base fare to $1.25 would help raise the share of operating costs covered by fares to 21.5 percent in fiscal year 2015-16, DATA officials say.

If approved by the Durham City Council, the fare increases would begin Sept. 28. For more information or to comment online, go to data.gotriangle.org.

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