VIA trustees approve fare increase

VIA: Increase necessary to offset increased fuel, main­tenance costs

SAN ANTONIO - The price to take a ride on a VIA bus is about to go up. The VIA Metropolitan Transit Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to increase fares.

Priscilla Ingle, V.P. of Public Affairs for VIA, said the first increase in four years was necessary because fuel costs have gone up by $7 million dollars and so has the cost of maintaining the fleet.

Fares for regular bus service will increase by $0.10. VIATrans services will go up $0.20.

The biggest fare increase will be to the Monthly Big Pass which will go up by $5 from $30 to $35.

Ingle said even with the increases, their fares are still lower than other major cities in Texas and she added some riders will not see any increase at all.

"We have discounts available to seniors. They ride for $0.25 mid-day and free on weekends and we also have a semester pass for our students that's $35 for the entire semester," Ingle said. "So we still have discounts in place for those individuals who need the service."

The fare increases still have to be approved by the Local Governmental Approval Committee. If they give the thumbs up, the new fares would go into effect on Feb. 1, 2013.

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