Regional Transit Gets Possible Rate Increase

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SACRAMENTO --

Get ready to pay out 20 percent more for that trip you need to take on Regional Transit - get ready to pay that is if the system's board of directors eventually decides to endorse a plan for rate increases.

Single rides would go up 50 cents from $2.50 to $3.

Some of the biggest impact might be felt by para-transit riders, who would no longer be able to buy a monthly pass.

They would also have to pay $6 instead of $5 for a single ride.

R-T is trying to distance itself from two years worth of having to dip into reserves to maintain operations.

The goal is to create a $4 million dollar revenue increase for fiscal year 2017.

Patrick Paultiz of Folsom gets his monthly pass subsidized by his bosses over at the Board of Equalization, so he doesn't think any increase passed on to him would be that bad.

"Maybe $10 or something....not a big deal. If you park, it's gonna be $180 bucks a month. I have an SUV so that would be a couple a gallons of gas a day," said rider Patrick Paulitz of Folsom.

Other daily riders like Sacramento's Sunomie Blackmon are very upset their $100 monthly pass could soon cost $120.

"I'm not buying it...no." she said.

The first open meeting to discuss these possible changes will be on January 25th at Regional Transit.