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RIPTA Hearings on proposed fare hikes

Board Votes to Hold Public Hearings on Proposed Fare Increases
RIPTA’s board of directors voted at it’s April 7th meeting to hold public hearings on proposed fares increases.

Sharp hikes in the cost of fuel are behind the fare increase proposal.

“Unfortunately, we have to seek fare increases to compensate for some of the steep increases in fuel costs. Fuel costs have more than tripled since FY 2002 when we paid on average 87 cents for a gallon of fuel. We’re now averaging about $3.27 a gallon for the current fiscal year. Fare increases won’t absorb the full impact of the higher cost of fuel, but they will help, said RIPTA General Manager Alfred J. Moscola.

If approved, the proposed fare increases would raise the base fare from $1.50 to $1.75 and include the following changes:

Fare Media Current Proposed
Base Fare $1.50 $1.75
Seniors/Disabled (off peak) $0.75 $0.85
Cash Transfer $0.10 $0.50
RIPTIKS (10) $15.00 $17.50
15-RIDE Pass $20.00 $23.00
Monthly Pass* $45.00 $55.00
(*increase would apply to July Monthly Passes that are purchased in June)
ADA (RIde Program) $3.00 $3.50

Here’s the public hearing schedule:

Thursday, May 8, 2008
University of Rhode Island
Feinstein Providence Campus
Room 260
80 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903
Time: 2 pm-4 pm & 6 pm-8 pm

Friday, May 9, 2008
Warwick City Hall
Council Chambers
3275 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
Time: 2 pm-4 pm & 6 pm-8 pm

Friday, May 9, 2008
Narragansett Town Hall
Assembly Room
25 Fifth Avenue
Narragansett, RI 02882
Time: 2 pm-4 pm & 6 pm-8 pm

Monday, May 12, 2008
Newport Pubic Library
Program Room
300 Spring Street
Newport, RI 02840
Time: 2 pm-4 pm & 6 pm-8pm

Monday, May 12, 2008
Barrington Public Library
2nd Fl. Auditorium
281 County Road
Barrington, RI 02806
Time: 2 pm-4 pm & 6 pm-8pm

Aaron Masri

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