No Decision on Metro Fare Increases

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Madison's common council has decided they cannot decide, when it comes to increasing bus fares.

After an hour and a half of discussion, the council could not agree, so it will be up to the Transit and Parking Commission. TPC meets Wednesday. Without a recommendation from the common council, they will decide whether or not to raise fares.

Metro wants to raise its cash fare price by a quarter and also raise the prices of its passes.

Officials say they need the extra revenue because rising fuel prices and a lack of funding have left them with a big budget deficit. "Although it may be more expensive we don't like to raise fares, but we can't just grab money out of the sky to pay for operating this system as it is right now," says Metro Spokesperson Julie Maryott-Walsh.

The city's Transit and Parking Commission has the final say. They'll meet Wednesday at the Municipal Building.

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