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Los Angeles proposes bumping bus fares higher

Jan. 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Transit officials in Los Angeles recommended a series of increases in bus fares to take effect during the next eight years.

The plan would more than double the current $1.50 bus fare in a series of steps, the Metropolitan Transit Authority said in a report released Friday.

The $1.75 fare for the city's light-rail system would also tick higher -- and students and senior citizens would see transit-pass prices rise as well.

Representatives of rider groups had no immediate comment, but have resisted fare hike on the grounds it would be a hardship on the many lower-income riders who depend on mass transit, the Los Angeles Times said.

The report, written by MTA staff, said the higher prices were required to help eliminate a $36 million deficit projected for the 2016 budget.

The MTA recommended instituting a transfer system that would allow riders to change trains or buses without charge for 90 minutes after their ticket is purchased. Riders currently pay full fare every time they board.