CapMetro fares go up 25 cents

 Starting Sunday it will cost you a little bit more to get around town by CapMetro train or bus.
We're told the extra money will help you save time.

Tim Shea says he wouldn't be able to get around if it weren't for the bus.
"I use it every day," says Tim Shea, rider.
Capital Metro just raised their fares so now it will cost 25 cents more for rides.
This will be the third base-fare increase in the 30-year history of the agency.
Shea says he doesn't mind.
"I think it's people's natural reaction to always complain, if you raise anything. I don't think this is what will break ya. It's when you get hit with all other areas of your life, your expenses, then anything sort of affects you," says Shea.
It was September of 2013 when the Capital Metro Board approved and adopted a fare change.
They decided to have it in two phases.
The first one began last January and the second began Sunday.
CapMetro will use the extra funds to provide more services.
"Our current customers might already know that we offer real-time arrival information on our MetroRapid and MetroRail services. So they actually already see how many minutes until the vehicle arrives for them. This year we're actually looking to expand that to every bus in our fleet, to make it even easier to use the bus. It kind of eliminates some of that wait time," says Melissa Ayala, Capital Metro.
They're also in the process of purchasing additional train cars for the MetroRail service and their goal is to bump frequency up to about every 15 minutes.
With everything CapMetro has to offer, Shea says he understands why fares are going up.
"Well I'm on disability and I get the disability discount. I always buy it by the month. I can't beat it. I can't see any other way to get around the way I do. I get a 24-hour a day pass for 31 days for $25. I couldn't take a taxi from here to campus and not pay that," says Shea.    
Capital Metro fares still remain below the state average for all Texas transit agencies and among the lowest fares nationwide.

Passes are available at the cap metro transit store, on the app, and online.
There are also some changes to some downtown routes and hours.
https://www.capmetro.org/



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