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Riders React to Rising CATS Fares

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CATS riders of both the bus and light rail found themselves having to pay more money for a one-way ticket last week. July 1 was when the .20 rate hike went into effect.

"It's still a very good value to ride the bus and train," said CATS COO Larry Kobf.

The increase was approved earlier this year by the Charlotte City Council as part of the 2014-2015 city budget. Some reasons for the price jump are rising gas prices, a new labor agreement with bus drivers, and the $1 billion extension of the light rail to the UNCC area.

"You have to make up the difference to improve transportation," said CATS rider Andrew Fernandez.

CATS expects to see an extra $2.7 million along with the $150 millin annual income. The new fare will cost a single rider(who rides twice a day) five days a week an extra $104 a year.

To see the full list of new fares visit CharMeck.

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