Riders prepare for PVTA price hike

Hampden County

Starting July 1, it’ll cost you more to ride the  PVTA. That’s because, the transit authority is raising rates 20 percent, across the broad. 

Right now, an adult fare is $1.25 but in 11 days, that same ride will cost $1.50. 

Hampshire College student, Rosaline Thomas told 22News, “I first think of the people who use the bus lines as a way for them to access social services, mostly.” Thomas continued, “I know a lot of students use it, but it’s also extremely important to the community, I think.”

A 31-day pass will go from $45 to $54. A 31-day pass for elderly and disabled riders will increase $4. When PVTA last raised fares in 2008, ridership went up 2 percent.

Some riders told 22News they think ridership will go down this time.  

“I can understand the bus needed the extra money for fuel, and things like that; keeping the buses upgraded. I can understand that part, but people on a fixed income, well they’re not that flexible,” said Harry Dunham of Springfield, who rides the PVTA bus from Springfield to Amherst, while his car is being repaired. 

The PVTA is dealing with a $3.1 million budget deficit by raising fares and reducing routes. 

The Amherst/Sunderland weekend runs will operate on a Sunday schedule.

The campus shuttle will end service at 8:00 p.m. instead of around midnight, and only run during the academic semester.

Other changes include buses stopping every 80 minutes, rather than every 40 minutes.

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