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With Declining Ridership, North County Transit District Looks At Increasing Fares

A North County Transit District Coaster train shown in this undated photo.

Credit: North County Transit District

Above: A North County Transit District Coaster train shown in this undated photo.

Between its trains and buses, the North County Transit District said this June compared to last June, overall ridership is down 5 percent. That’s equal to more than 46,000 trips.

The NCTD said customer revenue has declined due to the loss in ridership. On Thursday, the transit board will hear a presentation about fares increasing for buses and trains.

Video by Katie Schoolov

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The proposed increase for Breeze buses is 75 cents per ride. Sprinter trains would go up 50 cents per ticket while Coaster rates would increase a dollar.

Regional day passes and monthly fares would also go up under the current proposal.

The NCTD said the proposed rate hike would bring in more than $1 million in additional revenue. A report said rates have not risen since 2007 and were decreased in 2011.

Diesel fuel prices are also being considered for the rate increase. The transit district said diesel has gone up 47 percent from $1.42 per gallon in January 2011 to $2.10 per gallon in January 2018.

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The NCTD plans to hold a public meeting on the proposed rate increases. Any change would have to be approved by the SANDAG board of directors.

This week, the North County Transit District will hear a presentation about proposed rate increases for its buses and trains — which the NCTD said have not increased since 2007.

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