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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The city of Tucson is experiencing a budget shortfall of $33 million, the same amount the city spends to keep Sun Tran buses running.  In order to make up the shortage the city is proposing a bus fare increase and many in the public are not happy about it.

The Transit Task Force recently spoke about the proposal that was passed by the mayor and city council last week, asking what the next step was and getting a better look at the proposed fee structure. 

According to the new proposal the base fare would go up from $1.50 to $1.75; a day pass would double in price to $7. 

In order to close the budget gap even further, the proposal includes a four percent increase in bus fares over the next five years. 

One rider, Kathryn York, rides the bus frequently and receives the reduced fare of 50 cents, but she stated the increase would be unfair to people who cannot afford it, but that it would also be an inconvenience because people really do not carry change. 

For those who would like to comment on the proposed fare increase, there will be public meetings happening in the next few weeks, which will continue until April.  The fare increases are expected to go up in July.

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