GET Board to Vote on Fare Increase

The Golden Empire Transit board will vote July 7 on whether to raise bus fares by as much as 20 percent in August.

Board member Elliott Kirschenmann says not many people spoke against the proposal during a public comment session held Tuesday.

“We have over 10,000 people ride our buses each day,” he said. “To have only three people voice their opinion, it’s somewhat disappointing.”

Under the proposal, single-ride fares would jump from $1.25 to $1.50, day passes would increase from $3 to $3.25, and 31-day passes would also go up $4 to $40. 15-day passes would stay at $25.

Senior fares would also be affected. Day passes would jump 15 cents to $1.65 and 31-day passes would increase $2 to $20. Single-ride fares would stay at 75 cents and 15-day pass fees would remain at $12.50.

– Anthony Pollreisz