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BFT in Tri-Cities Could Raise Bus Fares and Change Routes

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Ben Franklin Transit is looking to cut costs and this means the price to ride the bus for riders could potentially go up.

"Over 80% of our funding for our operating expenses comes from sales tax, and sales are down because of the economy," said Kathy McMullen, with Ben Franklin Transit.

At Three Rivers Transit many riders had mixed feelings about the changes.

"I think it's already at a fair price, it shouldn't go up anymore," said Mario Stephens, a bus rider.

"I wouldn't have a problem for the distance they travel and how often they go, it's not a problem," said Zach Mason, another bus rider.

One woman says where she's from the rates are more than double the price.

"I like the low prices, I mean I'm not from here, we moved here from Minnesota and the bus there is almost four dollars to get on," said Briana Massie, a bus rider.

BFT says even though ridership went up last year it hasn't been not enough to stay afloat.

Fares would go up 25 cents for adults, five dollars for 10 tickets, and about five dollars for a monthly pass.

Some other changes include cutting routes 20, 24, 45, and 46 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Also they will make some changes to route 170, and they'll be running buses on an hourly basis on holidays.

"In the morning and in the afternoon when there's more traffic and more folks on the bus," said McMullen.

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