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Higher Fares, Service Changes Possible In CapMetro Vote

Updated: Monday, September 23 2013, 07:10 AM CDT
Tens of thousands of Austinites take CapMetro on a typical day, and this morning, a big heads up: you could be paying more after a vote Monday.

That’s when CapMetro’s board is expected to vote on whether or not to raise fares over the next two years, with the first increases taking effect in January 2014. If you ever take MetroRail or MetroExpress buses, you’ll be paying the most. A one-way fare would eventually go up to $3.50 by 2015. Specialty buses like the Airport Flyer and the upcoming MetroRapid would eventually cost $1.75 each way, and local buses would see their fare increase to $1.25 in 2015. Right now, most buses fares are $1.

Cap Metro officials expect all of the proposed fare changes to bring in an extra $4.5 million to $4.7 million per year if they are all implemented, saying they’re trying to keep the system affordable but also bring in enough money to keep up and expand the system.

The CapMetro board could also approve several service changes in Monday’s budget vote. A few downtown routes could potentially move to Guadalupe and Lavaca because of the new MetroRapid buses, while those sections of street would have transit priority lanes for buses.

CapMetro says two of the lowest performing UT shuttle lines could be going away, leaving students to leave the city buses that run in the same area instead, along with other minor line readjustments.

More information on the proposed fare increases: Fares, Service Changes Possible In CapMetro Vote

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