Local bus riders will pay 25 percent more for most trips starting Wednesday, when Raleigh’s Capital Area Transit raises fares for the first time since 2007.
The price of a single CAT ride will rise from $1 to $1.25. A 31-day pass will increase from $36 to $45. CAT’s decision follows a similar rate increase implemented in August by Triangle Transit, the three-county regional agency. And both agencies plan to raise fares again in 2016.
CAT and Triangle Transit say their expenses have increased and the share of costs covered by fares has dropped in recent years. CAT’s fare increase will generate $347,593 this fiscal year and $576,534 next year.
The Raleigh Transit Authority voted to spend the money on service improvements to begin in January.
CAT will start providing Sunday-level service on New Year’s Day and three other holidays when the buses previously did not run at all, and increase the bus frequency during busy times of the day on the 7 (South Saunders) and 15 (WakeMed) routes.