After holding bus fares steady for several years, two public transit agencies are proposing a double round of price increases over the next two years.
Capital Area Transit (CAT) in Raleigh and Triangle Transit in Wake, Durham and Orange counties are planning public workshops in November to discuss their plans to raise fares in 2014 and again in 2015.
CAT’s $1 local fare, which has not changed since 2007, would rise to $1.25 in 2014 and $1.50 in 2015.
Triangle Transit’s $2 regional fare, unchanged since 2005, would rise to $2.25 in 2014 and $2.50 in 2015. The express bus fare, now $2.50, would rise to $3 in 2014 and $3.50 in 2015.
Similar increases are proposed for one-day, seven-day and 31-day passes.
“Inflation has continued to rise over the last several years, but we have not adjusted our fares,” said David Eatman, Raleigh transit administrator. “That (rising cost) includes everything from fuel to tires to our general maintenance, and salaries for our employees. And we like to think this fare increase comes with improvements in our service.”
Over the coming year, CAT plans to increase the frequency of buses running at busy hours on routes 1, 7 and 15. New routes will be added in east and northeast Raleigh, Eatman said.
Durham’s DATA bus service, which has held prices steady since 2003, considered similar fare increases earlier this year. But the Durham City Council found other funds to cover costs.
The Raleigh City Council will consider the CAT fare proposal after getting a recommendation from the Raleigh Transit Authority. The Triangle Transit Authority board will decide whether to approve the proposed regional fare increases.