Fare cuts boost bus revenue

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau's young people have been riding the bus more since Capital Transit cut its youth fares last year, and the bus system as actually been collecting more money despite the lower fares.

The city's bus system dropped the price of a youth monthly pass from $18 to $10 in August. Since cutting the prices, monthly pass sales have more than doubled, Capital Transit Manager John Kern said.

Capital Transit expected to see its overall revenues drop $6,500 because of the lower-priced youth passes. But instead, the system has been collecting more money, Kern said.

In October, youth pass revenue was $4580, up 32 percent from the $3,474 collected in the same month of 2001.

The Juneau School District's Community Advisory Committee last year asked the city to let kids ride the buses free, to encourage participation in after-school activities.

As a compromise, Juneau Assembly members approved the lower youth fares and gave the committee $3,500 in free bus passes and tokens to distribute.

The youth passes are available for those age 6 to 18.

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