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 totriple the rates for Sun Van's low income riders.

Sun Van is different from SunTran. It does not run a set route, customers can call and the bus picks them upand 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 wouldraise the fare from $1 to $2 in October, and then one more increase to $3 bythe summer of 2014.  That is not a smallincrease especially for those who survive on the welfare of others, or who mayhold only minimum wage jobs.

Many are questioning 'Why lowincome riders on Sun Van?'  It is likely becauseSun Van is the most subsidized part of Tucson's transit system; fares make upreturn only about 3.5 percent of the cost, according to officials.

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

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