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What do you think? Bus fare could increase 33%

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Two public hearings will be held this week to gather input from the public regarding a proposed increase on bus fares in an effort to keep the service running on Sundays. Two public hearings will be held this week to gather input from the public regarding a proposed increase on bus fares in an effort to keep the service running on Sundays.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Two public hearings will be held this week to gather input from the public regarding a proposed increase on bus fares in an effort to keep the service running on Sundays.

The Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority is proposing a 33% increase on all its fares to prevent the elimination of Sunday bus service.

Current adult bus fares are $1.50 and the proposed increase would raise adult fares to $2.00.

The Authority proposed in July eliminated the Sunday service as a way to offset increased costs for labor and fuel. Opposition to this move led the Authority to find another way to offset costs.

According to a press release, WAVE Transit has not increased bus fares since August 2008.

If approved, the increase will start in February 2013 in conjunction with route modifications. The new routes will provide more direct routes and make them more user-friendly and easier to understand.

The public hearings will be held Wednesday and Thursday nights at 7:00 at Forden Station on Cando Street in Wilmington.

Click here to see a copy of the Proposed Fare Increase Analysis.

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