In what one MARTA board member called an “agonizing” decision, the transit agency on Wednesday voted to raise one-way fares from $2 to $2.50, AJC reporter Ariel Hart writes.
When the fare hike goes into effect on Oct. 2, a MARTA trip will cost more than a ride on the buses and subways of New York City, the nation’s largest transit system, Hart reports. MARTA serves 135,000 riders on an average weekday.
Just two years ago, at the time of the last fare increase, the basic MARTA fare was only $1.75. The price of a monthly pass, then $52.50, will now rise to $95, Hart reports. That’s an 81 percent increase.
“You’re killing us,” said Brenda Sanders, 52, as she waited for a bus Wednesday morning outside Five Points Station. “Jobs are going down, food is going up in the store and now you’re raising the fares? Who is going to give us a break?” Sanders said she doesn’t drive and has no car, so MARTA is the lifeline to her job as a hotel maid in Sandy Springs, Hart writes.
Some board members said they had little choice, in the face of their own inaction over several years and a lack of operating assistance from the state, Hart reports.
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