Bus and transient trolley (light rail) fares will be rising sharply across the Valley beginning Wednesday.
Increases are said to reflect Valley Metro’s rising costs amid declining sales-tax revenues. The transit system “must meet a goal of recovering 25 percent of its operating budget through fares,” according to a report in the daily.
The question is, who sets the “goal” and what are the penalties for falling short?
The base fare for local bus and rail service will climb 40 percent, from $1.25 to $1.75; the base fare for express buses will rise 57 percent, from $1.75 to $2.75.