RTA raises fares $0.25 per ride

Published: Aug. 14, 2016 at 8:44 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2016 at 1:23 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Expect to pay more next time you take public transportation in Cleveland, the Regional Transit Authority raised fares $0.25 more per ride.

The new prices kick in Sunday, marking the first time the RTA raised fares in seven years.

The cost of a one-way trip rose from $2.25 to $2.50 and the popular adult all-day pass went from $5 to $5.50. Monthly passes go up in September from $85 to $95.

Passes purchased before August 14 will be honored until they expire. All passes are stamped with an expiration date.

Other cash fare changes include:

  • Senior/Disabled, from $1 to $1.25
  • Park-N-Ride bus, from $2.50 to $2.75
  • Students, K-12, from $1.50 to $1.75
  • Out-of-County, from $3.50 to $3.75

Many RTA riders said they wished the higher fares came with better service and more lines.

"I understand they need to generate money, or whatever, but it's not doing the public any good. They're still doing the same service, but they're increasing the prices. I'm an avid bus driver, every day. Monday through Friday. Sometimes Monday through Sunday," said Anthony. "They need to add more buses on certain lines. They haven't done that. They've cut out a lot of lines on the buses and I'm one of those people who uses the bus daily to go back and forth to work."

Riders, like David Krudy, said although $0.25 doesn't sound like a big change, it's going to add up fast.

"I buy a weekly pass and it's going to $2.50 a week and I'm on a fixed income, so it hurts me quite a bit," he said.

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