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Public Speaks Out on Proposed Metro Fare Hikes

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Madison Metro is telling its customers to get ready for pricier passes or service setbacks. Tuesday night, the public got to speak out. And lots of bus riders were present.

If the increase passes, fares will be affected in August with the base price possibly bumping up a quarter to a $1.75. Metro says without the increase, service will be reduced.

The two options left the public with plenty to say.

"Inside the busses there are places for advertising, and usually about 75 percent of that space is vacant, and I would think that that would be one place where you could increase the revenues," says bus rider Ron Cook.

Michael Barrett, another bus rider, adds "Just two years ago we were promised that fare increases mean no service cuts instead we got the exorbadent fare increases and service cuts."

Metro blames the need for the fare increase on a $1.4 million dollar shortfall.

This issue could be voted on next week.

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