Proposal to Raise Bus and TRAX Fares Killed

Proposal to Raise Bus and TRAX Fares Killed

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Residents won't have to pay more to ride public transportation -- at least for now.

Yesterday, The Utah Transit Authority Board killed their proposal to raise bus and TRAX fares.

The board instead heeded to the pleas of disabled and low-income riders who said they can't afford to pay more for the transit services.

U-T-A's director John Inglish said he proposed the increase to offset the rising costs of fuel and new buses. The increase would have been the third in five years.

The board told Inglish to come up with another proposal to present next month.

One of the board members suggested moving to a distance-based fare system. Inglish agreed and is working on a system that would use global positioning and so-called smart cards to determine fares.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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