KLBJ Radio – Group files complaint over proposed Capital Metro fare hike

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid and several local Capital Metro bus riders are filing a complaint with federal transportation officials over a proposed hike in bus fares. The proposed hike, which is up for a vote next week, would affect both regular bus service and the agency’s Special Transit Service. That service provides transportation for customers with disabilities and other special needs.

“These are people who are already struggling,” D’Ann Johnson of TRLA said. “A dollar a day or two dollars a day of increased cost for them is significant.” The group’s complaint charges that the fare hike would disproportionately affect low-income riders who are dependent upon Capital Metro for transportation.

“I work every day,” said Jimmie Owens, who is one of the bus riders listed in the complaint. “I’m just trying to make ends meet, and it’s very hard right now.”

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