Riders Speak-Out On Proposed Bus Fare Hike

By: Sally Mamdooh Email
By: Sally Mamdooh Email

Riders sounded-off to Madison Metro at a public hearing Wednesday night.

Agencies across the city were asked to make a 5% cut in their budget, and Madison Metro was no exception.

Administrators say to make up for that $680,000 cut, they need to raise prices.

“It is just too expensive," said Suzann Wahl, who relies primarily on buses as her means of transportation. Wahl says the new proposed fares could make it harder for her to get around.

“It's not equal towards the disabled, its too high,” said Wahl.

Here are the proposed increases:

Adult Cash:
Current: $2.00 Proposed: $2.25

Youth Cash:
Current: $1.25 Proposed: $1.50

Senior Cash:
Current: $1.00 Proposed: $1.10

One Day Pass:
Current $4.50 Proposed: $5.00

Adult 10-Ride Card:
Current: $15.00 Proposed: $17.50

Youth 10-Ride Card:
Current: $10.00 Proposed: $11.25

Senior/Disabled 10-Ride Card:
Current: $10.00 Proposed: $11.25

Adult 31-Day Pass:
Current: $55.00 Proposed: $62.00

Senior/Disabled 31-Day Pass:
Current: $27.50 Proposed: $40.00

Low Income 31-Day Pass:
Current: $27.50 Proposed: $32.00

EZ Rider Pass:
Current: $150.00 Proposed: $170.00

Summer Youth Pass:
Current: $30.00 Proposed: $35.00

Day Tripper:
Current: $42.00 Proposed: $48.00

Paratransit Rides:
Current: $3.00 (peak), $4.00 (non-peak)
Proposed: $4.00 all rides

Pass Program Average Fare Rate:
Current: $1.15 Proposed: $1.25

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