- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—New fares proposed to go into effect in January will actually see many riders paying less to ride CamTran buses.

Cambria County Transit Authority has given preliminary approval for a new fare schedule setting fares for all CamTran’s urban and rural buses at $1.55, beginning Jan. 1.

Children age 5 and under ride for 35 cents.

Currently the urban fare is $1.50, but rural fares range from $1.50 to $2.25, depending on the route and distance, CamTran Executive Director Rose Lucey-Noll said.

“We wanted to look at our transit system as one system,” Lucey-Noll said.

If approved after four public hearings,

the change would be the first in CamTran

fares since 2007, marketing director Josh Yoder said.

The proposed fares are part of a five-year fare structure developed through weeks of discussions and planning, with assistance from Michael Baker International and PennDOT, she said.

All transfers will be 30 cents.

By unifying the urban and rural systems with one fare schedule, CamTran hopes to encourage more people to choose transit and for current riders to ride more often.

There will be more passes available, with $4.25 one-day passes good for any route in the rural or urban network.

Adult 31-day passes will cost $60, with student passes available for $32.

There are no age restrictions on student passes, but they require a valid student identification, with a minimum of 12 credits.

Senior citizens will continue to ride free with a CamTran senior identification, but a program offering free rides to veterans will be discontinued.

Base fares will go up by 5 cents a year for each year of the five-year plan.

By federal law, transit fare changes require public hearings. CamTran is planning four hearings beginning in September, Yoder said.

One hearing will be scheduled during the day and one in the evening in Johnstown.

There will also be a morning hearing and an evening hearing in the northern part of Cambria County.

Times and dates will be announced when they are finalized.

“A lot of thought and consideration was taken into account when the restructuring plan was put together,” Lucey-Noll said.

Randy Griffith is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5057. Follow him on Twitter @PhotoGriffer57.

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