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Fares go up for Ellensburg-Yakima Commuter Service next month

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima City Council has approved a plan to increase fares for the Ellensburg-Yakima Commuter Service.

Starting September 1st, a one-way trip on the route will cost $4 instead of $3. The monthly pass will also go up to $125. Yakima Transit wanted to increase the fee due to rising fuel costs.

Commuters we spoke with are split on paying more.

"A lot of people can't afford the money because of... Money being so tight," says Commuter Donovan Kipling.

"I have no problem with it, 'cause... Gas prices are going up, they gotta... You know... The buses are pretty big," says Commuter Jerome Brooks.

The service is a partnership between Yakima Transit and HopeSource. It gets funding from the Washington State Department of Transportation and Central Washington University.

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