News From Terre Haute, Indiana

News

October 31, 2013

Bus fares going up in ’14

Possible 25-cent increase to help cover shortfall

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute bus fares to riders are expected to increase next year by about 16 percent.

Brad Miller, transportation director, said the increase, which has not yet been scheduled, would likely be about 25 cents, but that has not been officially determined.

The current bus fare is $1.50.

Bus fares have not increased since 2010, Miller said, and the state has demanded cuts of about 30 percent from the city’s transit budget, making spending cuts or new revenue necessary to keep the system running.

The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, after reviewing the city’s 2013 budget, determined in March that the transit utility, which operates city buses, must cut its spending by $837,000 — more than 30 percent of its entire budget.

As a result of those mandated cuts, the transit utility froze all capital purchases in 2013, Miller said. A fare increase of a quarter would make only a small dent in making up the lost revenue, he said.

“Twenty-five cents is not going to float the boat, but every nickel helps,” Miller said.

It costs a little more than $3 million annually to operate the bus system, said Mayor Duke Bennett. Most of that comes from the state and federal governments. Only about $500,000 is covered by fares, advertising or donations, he said.

For the past couple of years, the city has avoided using local tax dollars to fund the transit utility, Bennett said. That is likely to change in 2014 to help the utility meet its funding gap, he said.

As for new cuts to spending, the Transit Utility has reduced costs where it can, Miller said. “We’re doing things on a daily basis to try and alleviate the situation,” he said.

An annual report showing transit utility fares around the state helps Terre Haute determine the price of a trip on the bus, Miller said. After reviewing that report, it will become clearer what the new fare should be, he said.

Most bus riders understand that a fare increase after three years is needed, Miller said. Although an increase is never welcome, it is necessary, he said, in light of rising expenses, including higher fuel costs, maintaining aging equipment and greater salary and employee benefits costs

“It’s just a fact of life,” Miller said.

Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or arthur.foulkes@tribstar.com

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Raw: Royal Couple Visits Australia Mountains Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Raw: Pro-Russian Militants Killed on Base Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Raw: Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills 1 Small Reactors Could Be Future of Nuclear Energy
NDN Video
Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News