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CATS to hold meeting on proposed fare hike

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

The cost of fares and some passes for city buses and trains could go up in July as Charlotte Area Transit Systems looks for ways to boost revenue.

CATS has proposed two options for fee increases for fares and passes. Higher revenue is needed to meet operating costs, according to a statement from CATS.

The public can comment on the proposals at a public hearing on Wednesday. If approved by the Metropolitan Transit Commission, fares would change July 1.

One option would add 10 cents to transit fares, raise the fee for a weekly pass and increase pass prices for some organizations in the Employee Transportation Coordination program.

A second proposal is similar but calls for eliminating discounts for 10-ride passes (full fares would apply) rather than changing individual fares. Fees could also rise for a weekly pass and for passes for some organizations in the Employee Transportation Coordination program.

The third option is a 5 cent fare increase, restructuring of the weekly pass, removing the discount for a 10-ride pass, and increasing pass prices for some organizations in the Employee Transportation Coordination purchase program.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms

CATS public meeting

Sign up now to comment on fare increases being considered by CATS. A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St., room 267.

Those who want to comment are asked to sign up before 3 p.m. Wednesday at 704-432-0872 or mtcinterest@charlottenc.gov.

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