Maria KeenaBy Maria Keena

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Today, the public will have a chance to voice their concerns about a fare hike for MetroLink and Metro Bus riders.

Fares will be increasing for Metro riders. They way that it will happen, Metro says that’s up to the public. Commuters will start to see changes by the summer.

A majority of passengers KMOX spoke with understand an increase is needed. Jordan Wilson says increases are inevitable, but he would like to see the money go to expanding. Wilson uses both train and bus.

“As soon as they probably get their renovations done, I would like to see more frequencies,” says Wilson. “And if they could expand out North, North County, Mid County, South County, doesn’t matter as long as they haven’t forgotten about MetroLink.”

The base cash fare price for Metro Buses will not increase, but prices for weekly, monthly and semester passes for the entire Metro system will be going up.

“Metro really needs to keep going, if it’s gonna keep going, it’s going to have to get some money in operating,” Wilson says. “I do have a reduced fair pass, it doesn’t really much lighten the burden.”

According to Metro Transit- St. Louis a fare increase is necessary for them to meet the fiscal year budgeted goal of a 5 percent increase in passenger revenue. All options being considered would generate an additional 2.25 million dollars in annual revenue.

For more information and hearing dates, visit the Metro website.

There are three more public hearings. Today’s meeting is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the East Saint Louis City Hall.

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