Rockland Bus Public Hearings Tonight

Two public hearings are set for this afternoon and evening to discuss the 50- 150 percent fare increases for Rockland buses. Thomas Vanderbeek, Rockland’s Public Transportation Commissioner, will decide to modify the increase or approve the proposals, some changes include TOR rising from $11.00 for ten trips to $20.00 for 11 trips, Tappan Zee XPress will rise about $20.00 per month to travel from Rockland to Westchester County, and the county will be changing to plastic cards instead of the paper SuperSaver tickets. Cash for both services will remain the same, and TRIPS cash will remain the same but the book prices will increase from $12.00 to $30.00. Officials stated that the cost of running the services is getting too expensive not to raise fares. The cost to run TOR is $10.4 million, Tappan Zee XPress costs $4 million and TRIPS costs $2.7 million, less than $100,000 of which is covered by fares. The hearings will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Raso Room in the Palisades Center Mall. If you can’t make the meeting you can comment by calling 845-364-2062. going directly to www.rocklandbus.com, or email transithelp@co.ny.us, until May 7.

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