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Tata still plans meeting on Raleigh's R-Line and CAT fare hikes

Buses head out from Moore Square Station in downtown Raleigh. Capital Area Transit is preparing to increase fares starting Oct. 1.
Buses head out from Moore Square Station in downtown Raleigh. Capital Area Transit is preparing to increase fares starting Oct. 1. cseward@newsobserver.com

Although the Raleigh Transit Authority was told otherwise, state Transportation Secretary Tony Tata still plans to meet next week with Raleigh residents and city officials to talk about bus fare hikes and the city’s fare-free R-Line bus.

Tata took an interest at the request of Olivia Rainey and Danny Coleman, community leaders in Southeast Raleigh who raised objections about planned fare increases for most Capital Area Transit bus riders while taxpayers cover all costs for the R-Line, a free circulator bus for shoppers, tourists, downtown workers, and bar and restaurant patrons.

Mike Kennon, Raleigh’s transportation operations manager, told the transit authority Thursday that the state Department of Transportation had canceled the meeting after city officials provided some requested information about the R-Line and the CAT fare increases, which take effect in October.

But Rainey and a DOT spokesman said Friday that the meeting was just being rescheduled for sometime next week.

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