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WAVE wants to raise rates 33% to salvage Sunday service

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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- In an effort to prevent the elimination of Sunday bus service, the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority is proposing a 33% increase on all of its fares. Current adult bus fares are $1.50 and the proposed increase would raise adult fares to $2.00.

The Authority will consider public input to the proposed fare increase for the next ninety (90) days. Two public hearings regarding the fare increase will be held. The first public hearing will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm and the second public hearing will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at noon. Both hearings will take place at Forden Station located at 505 Cando St. in Wilmington.

In July 2012, the Authority proposed eliminating Sunday Service as a way to offset increased costs for labor and fuel. Opposition to the elimination of Sunday service led the Authority to seek another way to offset rising fuel and labor costs and continue to offer public transit service on Sundays. Wave Transit has not increased bus fares since August 2008. While fares will increase 33% on most bus ticket purchases, transfers will remain free on all Wave Transit bus routes.

If approved, the fare increase will be implemented in February 2013 in conjunction with route modifications recommended in the Wave Transit Short Range Plan. The new routes will provide more direct bus service making the system more user friendly and easier to understand. The restructured routes also include limited service to Pleasure Island. The Short Range Plan is available online at the following URL: http://www.wavetransit.com/Portals/0/documents/SRTP_2012.pdf.

A copy of the Proposed Fare Increase Analysis is available at the following URL: http://www.wavetransit.com/Portals/0/documents/fare_increase_12.pdf

Email comments concerning the proposed fare increase should be directed to comments@wavetransit.com.

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