Sun Tran riders could see bus fare increase for first time in 5 years

Published: Sep. 7, 2016 at 7:33 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:19 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson City Council will held a public hearing Wednesday night on 3 proposals that would raise Sun Tran bus fares for the first time in 5 years.

All three options are different, but they're all set out to increase revenue to help the city's finances all while maintaining ridership. One proposal is from City Manager Michael Ortega, the others are from Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and Council Member Paul Cunningham.

According to the City of Tucson's website, Sun Tran staff held 22 open houses to discuss these options between May and July. Despite the options, there is a chance the City Council could reject all 3 proposals and leave the fares as they are.

The first option, brought by Ortega, would cost riders a quarter more starting July 1, 2017. He suggests raising the base fare from $1.50 to $1.60 later this year and ultimately $1.75 in 2017.

Cunningham wants to keep the base fare the same ($1.50) but raise the economy fare to $.75 over the next 4 years. Mayor Rothschild suggests raising the base fare to $2.00, but keeping the economy fare of $.50 the same.

The Mayor and Council is scheduled to make a vote on Sept. 20.

Detailed information on all 3 options are below:


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