Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Port Authority: Proposed Flat Fare of $2.50 Could Help Riders in Low- Income Communities

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Port Authority: Proposed Flat Fare of $2.50 Could Help Riders in Low- Income Communities

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Port Authority's new flat fare of $2.50, recommended by a committee Thursday for approval by the board next week, could be a boon for riders in disadvantaged communities, the authority chairman said.

Under the new system that would begin in January, all riders using the automated ConnectCard system would pay $2.50 per ride and cash customers would pay $2.75. That would replace the two-tiered system that charges $2.50 for shorter rides and $3.75 for longer rides, resulting in lower fares for about 26 percent of riders.

"A lot of our poor people live in the outer communities," authority Chairman Bob Hurley said.

"I think this brings a great degree of equity to our outside riders."

The authority is counting on increased ridership and operating efficiency to make up for the loss of about $4. …

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