There’s good news and bad news about transit fares in the Twin Cities.
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Let the professionals at the transit agencies determine fare structures that optimize revenue and ridership. It is unnecessary for the state legislature to micro-manage transit fares in opposition to capable professionals who effectively run an award-winning network of buses and trains.
After decades and decades of steady increases, the total amount of car travel in Minnesota has not increased for six consecutive years (see MnDOT 2010 VMT Report- pdf). Over that period, the state’s population increased by more than 300,000 people, but total driving did not increase. Minnesotans are increasingly choosing a healthy combination of transit, biking, walking and fewer and, most likely, shorter car trips.
The Metropolitan Council reports that House cuts to transit would lead to either a $4.00 increase in fares or (taking a system-wide approach) cutting 45% of regular bus route service and laying off approximately 550 drivers and related staff, plus other measures.