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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

March 23, 2016

CATS is reviewing two options to increase revenue from fares and passes. One option proposes a modest increase in transit fares along with changes to pass discounts while the second option proposes changes in discounts with passes. Either option would be effective July 1, 2016. The proposed changes to fares or discounts are needed to offset a $2.8 million operating budget shortfall projected for fiscal year 2017. In order to achieve a balanced budget and to provide the least amount of impact to customers, the following options will be presented for consideration:
Option 1:

• Restructuring of the weekly pass, removing the 10-ride pass discount, and increasing pass prices for organizations currently at the top tier of the Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) purchase program.

Option 2:
• .10 cent fare increase, restructuring of the weekly pass, and increasing pass prices for organizations currently at the top tier of the Employee Transportation Coordination (ETC) purchase program.

The Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) will hold a public hearing at their March 23, 2016, meeting. The public is invited to sign-up and comment on the proposed options. To sign-up for the hearing, call 704-432-0872 or sign up via e-mail to mtcinterest@charlottenc.gov before 3:00 p.m. on March 23, 2016. The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, Room 267, 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.
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