CRT TO RAISE FARES AUGUST 4TH, 2014
July 15, 2014
ROCKINGHAM – Connecticut River Transit (CRT) announces changes in its fare policy on several of its routes effective August 4, 2014.
Six routes will go from a voluntary donation to a required fare. The Springfield In Town and Bellows Falls In Town routes will both charge a $1 fare that is valid all day on the day it was purchased instead of the current $1 requested per ride donation. The Bellows Falls-Springfield Route will go from a $2 donation to a $2 one-way fare. The Bellows Falls-Ludlow route will go from a $3 donation to a $2 one-way fare. An additional $2 fare will be required by Marble Valley Regional Transit District (MVRTD) to go from Ludlow to Rutland. The Bi-Weekly Shopper trip will cost riders $3 for an all-day ride, and Dial-A-Ride donations will change to a $2 fare for in-town trips and $3 for out of trips. The winter seasonal Bellows Falls-Okemo route will no longer ask for a donation nor require a fare thanks to sponsorship from Okemo Mountain Resort. Fares on all other CRT routes will remain the same, but the company is considering a change to its Upper Valley Routes sometime this fall.
CRT General Manager Rebecca Gagnon says “With flat federal and state funding and increasing fuel and insurance costs, we need to increase local funding to maintain the level of service we have now. We have made cuts on our spending and realized internal efficiencies, but now we need to have our riders increase their support.”
Gagnon says that CRT conducted public hearings in Bellows Falls and Springfield that were required by the state before any fare increase could take place. Although no one likes a fare increase, she noted that the input CRT received has been very supportive.
CRT’s donation policy yielded little if any income, and the company approached the fare policy change with several months of careful thought and research. In June the company stopped selling discounted tokens on its three Brattleboro routes with minimal impacts to its riders there.
CRT’s new brochure will be distributed shortly, as will signs at every bus stop with the schedule and fare policy.
For more information call CRT at 1-888-869-6287 or www.crtransit.org .