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Sioux Area Metro considers fare hike

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Bus riders in Sioux Falls may soon have to dig a little deeper in their pockets for bus fare.

The city is considering a fare increase to keep up with rising costs and inflation.

Some riders have mixed feelings about spending more to catch the bus.

Bus rider Wendy Landkammer has been riding the bus for four years. "The thought of the bus fare going up, it's already harder as it is. it's hard enough as it is without adding that extra expense," Landkammer said.

Landkammer said people who have less money always end up paying more.

"it's one more thing that you have to budget in. it's one more thing you have to do without or do less with. that's fine because we live in a country where there's been an abundance and everybody's been spending like crazy but we're in a time now where we have to be mindful of what we spend," Landkammer said.

the Sioux Falls Public Transit Advisory Board is looking at ways of keeping up with inflation and rising operating costs.

One idea is raising fares.

It costs a dollar to ride the bus...a fee that hasn't gone up since 1995.

Bus rider Anna Gutierrez said she'd be willing to pay more.  She says compared to other cities, the bus prices here are a bargain.

"I think the bus fares are considerable. they are a good price because I have experience of living in another town like Chicago and Orlando and they are more expensive," Gutierrez said.

Taking the bus is a necessity for some riders. It's something they hope doesn't become a luxury.

Bus riders tell us they would rather spend less time and less money taking the bus.

They also claim there's not enough service at night or on weekends.

City leaders will schedule public meetings to hear your opinion on a fare hike.

City Council will have to approve any increase to fares.

 

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