The JTA board approved a fare increase from $1.50 to $1.75 beginning Sept. 30 that also affects other authority services.
It's going to cost a quarter more to ride a JTA bus one way beginning Sept. 30 following a Tuesday vote by the authority board during a special meeting.
It will affect all JTA fixed-bus routes, First Coast Flyer BRT lines, the St. Johns River Ferry and ReadiRide service, and is the authority's first fare increase since 2012.
Single-trip passes increase from $1.50 to $1.75, although additional discounts will be available to customers who buy them via the free MyJTA app on their smartphones, JTA said. The authority's vote also increased the discount for college students from 25 percent to 50 percent.
"The JTA board of directors will evaluate this policy on a biennial basis during the JTA’s budget process and reserves the right to discontinue or adjust the policy at its discretion during that review," the authority stated. "Of course, any fare changes would be reviewed to ensure that they would not adversely affect one group over another."
Tuesday’s board action represents the fifth time the JTA has modified fares since it began providing transit services in 1971 and will not affect fares for Connexion and Connexion Plus paratransit riders or those 65 and older, JTA said.
The board’s decision comes after JTA conducted 11 public meetings in June to explain the proposal and seek customer feedback, and community outreach in June and July at transit hubs in Jacksonville.
The JTA board also adopted a new Automatic Fare Indexing Policy at Tuesday's special meeting, which officials said establishes a "more predictable and transparent mechanism for setting changes every two years." Under that policy, JTA fares will be adjusted based on changes in the Consumer Price Index, authority operating budget and labor cost changes, with future adjustments not to exceed 10 percent, officials said.
For more information on the new fare structure, go to jtafla.com.
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