Public comment today on Sun Van fare increase - Tucson News Now

Public comment today on Sun Van fare increase

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Happening later this afternoon, Tucson's City Council will be hearing comments from the public on a proposal to triple the rates for Sun Van's low income riders.

Sun Van is different from Sun Tran. It does not run a set route, customers can call and the bus picks them up and delivers them to their destination; a process that can be very expensive, which is one of the reasons why the program has become a target for change.

The proposal on the table would raise the fare from $1 to $2 in October, and then one more increase to $3 by the summer of 2014.  That is not a small increase especially for those who survive on the welfare of others, or who may hold only minimum wage jobs. 

Many are questioning ‘Why low income riders on Sun Van?'  It is likely because Sun Van is the most subsidized part of Tucson's transit system; fares make up return only about 3.5 percent of the cost, according to officials. 

Public comment can be made at the City Council meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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