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Capital Transit fare increase approved

Adults pay $2 at fare box, student passes and other fees also rise

Posted: June 6, 2012 - 12:02am
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Martin George gathers bus fare as he readies to board Capital Transit's Valley Express bus at the Downtown Transit Center on Tuesday. The Assembly voted to raise the fare from $1.50 to $2.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Martin George gathers bus fare as he readies to board Capital Transit's Valley Express bus at the Downtown Transit Center on Tuesday. The Assembly voted to raise the fare from $1.50 to $2.

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Capital Transit passengers, excluding youth, can expect to pay up to a 33 percent more in bus fares this summer.

Adult cash payments at the fare box increase $0.50, to $2.

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly approved the proposed rate increase at its meeting, Monday.

The rate increase holds, to varying percentages, for tokens and passes.

A roll of 20 tokens increases 25 percent to $31.50. An adult monthly pass increases $4 to $40.

Students enrolled at the University of Alaska Southeast currently pay $18 for a monthly pass, $20 with the rate hike.

Youth fares and passes, passengers aged 6-18, remain $1 and $12 respectively.

Fares changes go into affect July 2.

At an Assembly Finance meeting in May (goo.gl/AY88d), CBJ Public Works Director, Kirk Duncan, said the fare increase offset cuts to Capital Transit’s 2013 budget.

Rather than cut service, he said, the city decided to increase revenue.

The fare increase is expected to bring about $155,000 in additional revenues in fiscal year 2013.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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