This breaking news story goes a bit beyond the focus of Columbus-area transit, but I thought it was worth of a quick mention. If you haven’t been following the news, Cleveland’s Transit System was named the number one system in America in 2007. Part of their recent “back to the basics” movement that helped them achieve such success was scaling back their operations. They cut routes, cut their fleet, and cut employees to focus on a more streamlined service.
How this 25-cent fare hike will affect their national standings is unknown to me, but I think it’s definitely something worth keeping an eye on as COTA continues to revamp their operations this year.
Bus fares rise to $1.75 in Cleveland
Monday, January 7, 2008 8:03 AM
CLEVELAND (AP) — The new week has brought higher fares for people who take the bus in Cleveland.
At midnight, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority raised fares across the board by 25 cents, so a ride has gone up to $1.75 from $1.50, and an all-day pass now costs $4 instead of $3.75.
Prices last went up in July of 2006, also by 25 cents, after the transit authority’s board approved a two-part fare hike to offset rising fuel prices. The latest increase represents the second phase.