June 11, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
rabbittransit Hopeful for Comprehensive Transportation Funding Program
York, PA – As the General Assembly debates transportation funding, rabbittransit prepares for a fare increase effective July 1, 2013. “We’ve heard from the General Assembly that transit fares should keep pace with inflation. We’re trying to do our part, now we are hopeful that they will advance the long awaited comprehensive transportation funding program,” comments rabbittransit Executive Director, Richard Farr.
York fixed route passengers can expect to see increases in both the base fare as well as the multiple-ride passes. The base fare for a one-way trip will increase from $1.50 to $1.55 and the multiple-ride passes including the “11 Ride” and “31 Day” will increase by $2.00 and $3.00 respectively.
The fare increase is part of a multi-year plan that began in May 2012, as the proposed changes were first reviewed at a public hearing. July 1, 2012, marked the first round of increases that only affected the base fare. The fare increase will assist the Authority in addressing operating costs. rabbittransit needs the state transportation package to assist in maintaining a system of good repair. “65% of our fleet is eligible for replacement. Our inability to maintain a state of good repair significantly affects our ability to meet the needs of the residents of York and Adams County and increases our operating costs,” states Farr.
In addition to its fleet needs, rabbittransit is also interested in exploring Compressed Natural Gas and much of its maintenance equipment has also exceeded the useful life. Since Act 44 passed in 2007, it has underperformed by nearly $400 million dollars. “Transit is traveling down the same bumpy road of funding shortfalls as the other modes of the Pennsylvania transportation system. Pennsylvania needs infrastructure funding,” concludes Farr.
rabbittransit has also begun discussion about a fare increase for its Paratransit or Shared Ride Program, which is tentatively slated for October 2013.
rabbittransit, a regional public transportation provider, offers a variety of transportation services to the residents of York, Adams and Northumberland Counties. Nearly 7,000 people depend on rabbittransit each day to get to work, medical facilities, school and other life-sustaining activities. rabbittransit is dedicated to helping all residents in the region get to where they want to go.
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