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SCAT to hold public meeting Sept. 8

 

CREDIT: www.scgov.net/SCAT

A public meeting on proposed increases in Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) fares will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8. Three public meetings were held in August and an additional meeting was requested to gather more public feedback.

The regular, one-way SCAT fare on fixed-route service, including the SCAT trolley, would increase from 75 cents to $1.25 per ride. Proposed increases also will affect all regular, pass fares and special fares for SCAT fixed-route service, including discounted fares for seniors and persons with disabilities, and fares for SCAT Plus door-to-door paratransit service. The last time SCAT increased its fares was in 2007.

The meeting will be held in Room 112 of Sarasota City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota. Following the Sept. 8 public meeting, the Sarasota County Commission, sitting as the Sarasota County Transportation Authority (SCTA), will hold a public hearing on the proposed fare increases Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. If the commission approves the fare increases, they are expected to become effective Oct. 1. For more information, call 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net/scat.

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1 Response for “SCAT to hold public meeting Sept. 8”

  1. connor rupp says:

    Hello, I am Connor Rupp, a student at New College next to the airport. The fare for SCAT should increase because of inflation about 36% but the proposed increase is for 60%. I am all for the price increase but what are you planning to do with the increased revenue? I think we should increase the frequency and routes of the buses to better serve the community. The buses are unreliable, rigid and do not run late enough for many to work and use SCAT. If I buy a gallon of milk in 20 minutes, I have to wait 40 minutes or more for the bus. If I miss it, my milk goes bad. If I work later than 8 or 9 pm like almost every business on university or downtown, the bus cannot take me home. The goal of public transportation is to provide the needs of the community and SCAT is failing us right now. What are you going to do with the profit?

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