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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The public will get a chance today to speak up about a possible increase in bus rates.

Sun Van is proposing tripling rates for low income riders.  The hope is that the rate hike would bring in $750,000. 

While the impact would be for all of Sun Tran, the fare increase would be specific to Sun Van and its low income riders.  Sun Van is the service that picks up those who are handicapped and are unable to ride the regular Sun Tran buses.

Low income riders make less than $1200 a month.  The new proposal would take the current $1 rate and raise it to $2 in October; the rate would increase again in July 2014. 

Many residents are asking why the low income Sun Van riders, officials are saying it is because that segment of riders that pays the smallest percentage, only about 3.5 percent of the cost of providing the ride.

Sun Tran officials say if the change goes through as it is now, the difference is expected to be $761,000 over the next two financial years. 

Riders have several chances to give Sun Tran feedback, one such place is from 11 a.m. to noon at the Beacon Group on Glenn near Oracle.  There will be a second meeting on August 15 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the east side, as well as at the Mayor and Council meeting on September 9.

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