HRT to hold public hearings on proposed fare increase

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Norfolk, Va. – HRT will hold eight public hearings in January on proposed fare increases for customers of bus, ferry, light rail and paratransit services.

Last year, HRT’s Commission approved the proposal to raise the cost of a single ride by 50 cents while also eliminating some categories of other fares to simplify the agency’s fare structure. The public will be able to comment on the proposed changes at each of the eight hearings.

HRT has not raised its basic fare since 1999 despite increases in the cost of fuel, materials, labor and other operating expenses.

The governing board will hold another public meeting on the proposal in February when members of the public can address the board as a group. Any fare change, if adopted, would not go into effect until July, 2014.

The public hearings on the proposed fare changes will be held at the following locations.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 6:00-8:00 p.m. – City of Virginia Beach

Meyera Oberndorf Central Library Auditorium – 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.

Served by HRT Bus Route 20

Thursday, January 16, 2014 6:00-8:00 p.m. – City of Norfolk

Mary D. Pretlow Library 111 W. Ocean View Avenue

Service by HRT Bus Routes 1, 3, 5

Saturday, January 18, 2014 10 a.m.-noon – City of Chesapeake 10 a.m. – noon Indian River Middle School, 2300 Old Greenbrier

Rd, Served by HRT Bus Route # 15

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 6:00-8:00 p.m. – City of Portsmouth

TCC-Portsmouth – Forum, 120 Campus Dr.

Served by HRT Bus Route 45

Thursday, January 23, 2014 6:00-8:00 p.m. – City of Newport News

Midtown Community Center – large meeting room-570 McLawhorne Dr.

Served by HRT Bus Route 112

Saturday, January 25, 2014 12:00-2:00 p.m. – City of Newport News

Denbigh Community Center – Community Room- 15198 Warwick Blvd.

Served by routes 106 and 107

Monday, January 27, 2014 6:00-8:00 pm – City of Norfolk

Olde Huntersville Recreation Center – Community Room 830 Goff Street

Served by HRT Bus Route 8, 23

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 6:00-8:00 pm – City of Hampton

Thomas Nelson Community College Moore Hall – Espana Room 525 Butler Farm Road

Served by HRT Bus Routes 110, 111, 118

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