The Capital Metro board Monday will consider a $283.7 million operating and capital budget for 2013-14, about 4 percent higher than this year, which includes the transit agency’s fourth fare increase since 2008. Among a menu of fare hikes proposed for this year and next, people with disabilities who use the agency’s MetroAccess service would see a 25 percent to 33 percent increase in tickets and monthly passes.
“Since 2007, the price has gone up 500 percent for (MetroAccess) users,” Carlos Alemon, a blind man who uses the door-to-door service, told the board at a public hearing last week. “It hits us too hard. Most of us are on low, fixed incomes. You need to reconsider this.” A 10-ride booklet, which was $3 before the first fare increase in 2008, is now $15 and would go to $25 by 2015 under the proposal.
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