RT Seeks Public Input On Rate Hikes, Service Cuts

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, August 25, 2008

RT officials are considering rate hikes ranging from 10% to 25%. Right now, the basic fare is $2.00. They’re also looking at eliminating weekend bus and light rail service. 

Barbara Stanton is with the watchdog group Ridership for the Masses. She says the proposals are bad news for low-income passengers. 

"Especially as drastic as proposed with no weekend service on light rail, having bus and light rail service only to 8 PM at night…I think it might be devastating for people who are on fixed incomes." 

But RT officials say they need to brace for an expected loss of $18 million in state funds. Governor Schwarzenegger says his proposed public transit cuts would help close the state’s $15 billion budget gap. 

Monday's meeting starts at 6 PM and will be at the RT Auditorium…at 1400 29th Street (at N Street) in Sacramento.