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Assembly Approves Bus Fare Increase, Hears Tennis Testimony

Published On: Nov 19 2013 11:15:54 PM AKST   Updated On: Nov 20 2013 07:25:11 AM AKST

On Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly voted to increase public bus fares while finalizing the operating budget, but took no action on a proposed indoor tennis facility.

Monthly pass costs for People Mover buses will increase from $55 to $60, and a single adult ride will go from $1.75 to $2.00.

“I didn't support the fare increase,” said Downtown Assembly member Patrick Flynn. “I didn't think the service increase was commensurate with the amount of money we're asking people to pay; we're talking about doubling the fare for seniors and I don't think this is the time to do that.”

The increases, which take effect Jan. 21, mark the first increase in People Mover fares since 2005.

Mayor Dan Sullivan called the increases “pretty de minimis in the overall picture."

The Assembly also took public testimony Tuesday on whether to build a new tennis facility, following the discovery of $10.5 million in the city budget allocated to build one.