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Facing the need for a growing subsidy from taxpayers and to help offset substantially higher operating costs, Votran administrators are proposing a fare increase. If approved by the Volusia County Council, the new fare structure would take effect February 2014.
The proposed increase being considered has a two-year implementation period. The proposed increase for 2014 is an additional 25 cents for a fixed route full fare and an additional 15 cents for reduced fares; paratransit fees would increase from $2.50 to $3.
Another 25 cent fare increase in 2015 is proposed.
In addition, an adjustment to the youth eligibility age is being considered. This would align Votran’s policy with the fare policy of partners in the SunRail commuter service that is scheduled to start in spring 2014. The policy and proposed fare increase will be presented to the Volusia County Council for approval late this year.
How to respond
Public input will be sought through meetings, online comment forms at www.Votran.org/proposedfares and on-bus “take-ones.”
Written comments are welcome and should be mailed to Votran Fare Input, 950 Big Tree Road, South Daytona, FL 32119. Correspondence should include name and address for the official record.
Votran will hold public hearings to receive comments on a proposed fare increase at these times:
• Sept. 10, 1-3 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m., Votran headquarters, 950 Big Tree Road, South Daytona. This location is served by Votran route 7.
• Sept. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, training rooms, 123 W. Indiana Ave, DeLand
• Sept. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach
• Sept. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Orange City Council Chambers, 229 E. Graves Ave., Orange City
For more information, call Votran Customer Service 386-761-7700 in Daytona Beach, 386-943-7033 in West Volusia, or 386-424-6800 in Southeast Volusia or to stop by Votran Headquarters, 950 Big Tree Road, South Daytona. Information can be viewed at www.votran.org/proposedfares.