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Cleveland's public transit system considers fare increase for 2016
Fares would increase to $2.50 and $3.50 depending on service type
Story by BRIAN BULL


 
The 2016 budget proposes a fare increase from $2.25 to $2.50 for standard passengers. The cost for those with disabilities would change from $2.25 to $3.50.
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Cleveland’s bus and rail service plans to increase passenger fares next year, including higher fares for people with disabilities.

The new budget includes a proposed fare increase from $2.25 to $2.50 for standard passengers. Transit for those with disabilities is proposed to increase from $2.25 to $3.50.

RTA CEO Joe Calabrese says the costs in providing specialized disability service are about 10 times greater than for standard buses.

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“I think it’s incorrect to assume because someone has a disability and can’t take the regular service bus that they’re also financially disabled. Because that’s not true," said Calabrese.

The disability rights advocate group, the Arc of Greater Cleveland, says a fare increase will disproportionately penalize those who rely on public transportation for work, school and care. 

Public hearings on the proposed budget are scheduled for Dec.1 and 15.

 
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