1. PVTA proposes 25 percent bus fare hike and regular increases plus route cutbacks

    PVTA proposes 25 percent bus fare hike and regular increases plus route cutbacks

    The Springfield-area public transit agency also wants an automatic 5 percent per year fare increase implemented every three years. Level funding in the face of rising costs for buses, fuel, maintenance and payroll leaves the PVTA with a $3.1 million budget gap, the PVTA said Friday in a press release. The PVTA had an operating budget of $47 million in fiscal 2017, down from $47.2 million a year earlier. The PVTA, which carried 11.5 million passengers in fiscal 2017, already cut back routes this summer over the objections of users and businesses. The agency's fiscal ...

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