UTA Considers Fare Hikes

UTA Considers Fare Hikes

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- You soon may have to pay more to use Utah's public transportation systems.

The Utah Transit Authority is proposing its third fare increase in five years. U-T-A officials say the reason is because of rising costs of fuel and new buses.

The plan would hike 15 different fares affecting most light-rail and bus riders, but those expected to be hit hardest are the disabled.

The prices for an adult one-way ticket would jump from one-dollar and 35-cents to one-dollar and 50-cents. While the cost would increase from two-dollars to two-dollars and 25-cents for the disabled who ride UTA's Flextrans.

The U-T-A is also considering charging paratransit customers more if they are picked up or dropped off at a place farther than three-quarters of a mile from a set bus route.

A decision on the fare hike is expected by the end of February.

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

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