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2/9/2011



Rail News: Passenger Rail

UTA proposes fare increases spread over three years


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The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is proposing gradual increases in its base fares over a three-year period, starting May 1. Other fare hikes would be implemented April 1, 2012, and April 1, 2013.  

The agency is holding public hearings throughout the month to provide information and solicit public comments on the proposal.

"Modest increases in our fares will allow UTA to keep pace with inflation, changing market conditions, and the budget challenges associated with a weak economy," said UTA General Manager Michael Allegra in a prepared statement. "Our goal is to keep our fares reasonable while still asking our riders to contribute a fair share toward increased costs of operation."

Other proposed changes to the agency's fare system include increasing the "Horizon" discount to 25 percent from the current 16 percent off the monthly pass; and a higher baseline for the fuel surcharge program.

The agency will accept public comments on the proposal through March 3.

 



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