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Rides on the Town bus service will cost $1 each beginning March 1, Town Council decided Tuesday.
The economic downturn has necessitated fares for the service, which has been free since its 1994 inception.
Riders can pay for single rides as they board using exact change only. Or, they can purchase multiride ticket books from bus drivers using exact change only. (Drivers will carry no cash.) Eleven-ride books will be sold for $10, and 23-ride books for $20.
Ticket books also will be sold at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St., the Castle Rock Recreation Center, 2301 N. Woodlands Blvd., and the Town Service Center, 4175 N. Castleton Court. Cash or check can be used for payment at those locations.
The ticket books will be available for purchase by mid-February. Call 720-733-2483 for updates.
No discounted fares will be given based on age or disability. The only exception is children under 2 who could sit in an adult’s lap; they can ride free.
Drivers will issue free transfers, which must be used on the date of issue.
The Town is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets or transfers.
Even with the fare, public revenues still will be needed to supplement the service – as is always the case with public transit services. The Town has budgeted just over $450,000 to run the service this year. It expects to collect just under $40,000 in fares.
Sales tax revenue currently is used to fund the service. Town Council has decided that practice should be phased out and that an election should be held as soon as November 2010 so voters can decide whether to establish a new tax to fund a Town transit service.
The fare is just one of the bus service reductions implemented for 2010. The Town also reduced service by two hours per day and eliminated service on Saturdays and Town holidays. In mid-March, service to Founders Village and The Meadows will be reduced to four hours daily. Check CRgov.com by mid-February for an updated route map and schedule.