Tuesday, September 12, 2006

bus fares

Joe Grata at the PG is reporting that there is a plan to increase Port Authority fares to $2.50. Port Authority fares already rank near the top in the country for bus transit. According to this data from the American Public Transit Association, the highest base fares for motorbus transit are in these cities (of 225 they list with fares for bus transit):

6.00 Loudoun County Transit VA
5.50 Potomac & Rappahannock TC VT
3.25 Golden Gate Bridge, Hwy & TD CA
3.00 Eagle County Reg TA CO
2.25 San Diego Metrop Tr System CA
2.25 San Diego Transit Corp CA
2.00 Williamsport Bureau of Trp PA
2.00 Southeastern Pennsylvania TA PA
2.00 New York City DOT NY
2.00 City & County of Honolulu DOTS HI
2.00 Community Action of So. KY KY
2.00 Monterey-Salinas Transit CA
2.00 MTA Long Island Bus NY
2.00 MTA Metro-North Railroad NY
2.00 MTA New York City Transit NY
2.00 Triangle Transit Auth NC
1.75 Milwaukee County Tr System WI
1.75 North County Tr Dist CA
1.75 Bee-Line System NY
1.75 Chicago Transit Authority IL
1.75 Metro Atlanta Rapid Tr Auth GA
1.75 Port Auth of Allegheny County PA
1.75 Santa Clara Valley TA CA
1.75 Southwest Metro TC MN
1.60 Mass Transit Admin of MD MD

So $2.50 would put us ahead of all but a few systems including Loudon county, which must be long distance commuter runs into DC, and uber-expensive San Francisco. The lowest base fare they report, 25 cents to ride the Glendale, CA Beeline. Among large systems, one of the lowest remains Boston which, unless there are recent changes, has a base fare of 90 cents.


Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

Lovely timing...just when gas prices are starting to fall.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006 1:18:00 PM  
Blogger Amos_thePokerCat said...

I assume that will also bump up the monthly pass, althought they did not explicitly say that in the article. Using the current multiplier of 34, that would make a one zone monthly pass $85 instead of $60.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 6:05:00 AM  

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