Here’s an email I received from STA late yesterday afternoon:

Dear Community Leader:

Thank you for your valued input regarding the Citizen Advisory Committee’s (CAC) original proposal to increase fares at Spokane Transit.

After reviewing data collected from our outreach efforts, the CAC made two significant revisions in their final recommendation to increase fares:

1) The proposed Express Pass was not recommended.
2) The timeline for increasing fares for Paratransit services was extended an additional year.

The chart below illustrates the revised Paratransit timeline, as presented by the CAC at the March 19th STA Board Meeting:

Paratransit Fare Products 2009 2010 2011 2012
NEW Cash Fare Per Trip $0.75 $0.75 $1.25 $1.50
Paratransit 2-Hour Pass $0.75 $0.75 $1.25 $1.50
Paratransit Monthly Pass $25.00 $25.00 $35.00 $45.00

PLEASE NOTE: STA is recommending to the Board of Directors that the start-up date for the initial Paratransit fare increase be implemented in January 2010, as opposed to September 2009, which was the date originally proposed by the CAC.

To view the CAC’s complete presentation on their proposal to increase fares, please : click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: A public hearing to discuss this important topic will be held at the next STA Board Meeting, Thursday, April 16, 2009, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the Spokane City Council Chambers, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. STA will make the recommendation to delay the Paratransit fare increase at this meeting. A Board decision is expected to be announced Thursday, May 21.

If you require additional information, please contact Molly Myers, Communications Manager, at 325-6090.

Sincerely,

Spokane Transit Authority

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