KENNEWICK, Wash - People who ride the bus will see some possible changes soon in rates and service.
Reduced sales tax revenue and low rider ship has prompted Ben Franklin Transit to hold public hearings to discuss possible rate increases and some dropped routes.
One premium service is feeder taxis that take riders from outlying areas to the nearest bus stop.
Until now, the cost to the rider was free except for bus fare.
This service will see a 1 to 3 dollar increase depending on the distance for the taxi.
"I think that is reasonable, and it's going to help us be able to keep that service. If the sales tax keeps eroding then we're probably going to be looking at some further reductions in the future but hopefully this will do it for now." Explains Kathy McMullen of Ben Franklin Transit.
Public hearings will be held in the Tri-Cities on July 7th at the Three Rivers Transit Center on Okanogan Place in Kennewick at 9am, 2pm, and 6pm. And in Prosser on July 8th at 6pm in the public library.