Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority to sponsor three public hearings
The future of the FlexRoute hangs in the balance, higher fares and schedule reductions also a concern
Revenues expected from the State for the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority’s fiscal year 2007 (July 2006 to June 2007) have not been forthcoming, resulting in a FY 2007 budget shortfall of $968,000.
Regional transit authorities in Massachusetts are the only state agencies that have historically been funded retroactively, having already incurred debt for services provided. The CCRTA is not alone. A number of the fifteen other Massachusetts Regional Transit Authorities find themselves in the same predicament.
According to Susan Rohrbach, aide to State Senator Robert O’Leary (D, Cape & Islands) there is now a caucus of 108 lawmakers examining the RTA funding issue, and political momentum is building to address these problems with a supplemental budget including $6.1 million to help fund the shortfalls in RTAs throughout Massachusetts and to address current funding issues. However, if the Legislature fails to approve the requested budget for 2008, Cape Cod will suffer major cuts to its RTA services, including: elimination of the Flex system, schedule reductions in all year-‘round and summer routes, reduced hours for B-Bus operations, and a doubling of all fares.
The CCRTA will conduct Public Hearings in the following communities regarding proposed service cuts to the CCRTA fixed-route service. These hearings are for the public to provide testimony on the proposed changes. Hearings will be held at the following locations and times:
Eastham: Thursday, January 24, 2008 Eastham Town Hall 4:30 p.m. (reserved room from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.) Last Flex bus southbound leaving Town Hall at 5:55 p.m. Last Flex bus northbound leaving Town Hall at 5:55 p.m.
Falmouth: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 Falmouth Town Hall 5:00 p.m. Selectmen’s Meeting Room reserved 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Last Sealine bus leaving Town Hall southbound at 6:32 p.m. Last Sealine bus leaving Town Hall northbound at 7:17 p.m.
Hyannis: Thursday, January 31, 2008 Hyannis Transportation Center 4:30 p.m. Conference Room Last H2O bus leaving HTC southbound at 6:30 p.m. Last Sealine bus leaving HTC northbound at 5:30 p.m.
The proposed service cuts are based on how much the routes cost, based on:
The following cuts would begin February 15, 2008:
Fixed Route Fare Increase:
Current Proposed Regular Fare $1.00 $2.00 Flex (off route) $2.00 $4.00 Discount Fares: People with disabilities $.50 $1.00 Seniors (over age 60) $.50 $1.00 Passes: Day Pass $3.00 $6.00 Transit Pass (good for 20 rides) $15.00 $30.00 Monthly Pass $35.00 $70.00
|People with disabilities||$1.50||$3.00|
|Seniors (over age 60)||$1.50||$3.00|
|Monthly Frequent rider (50% off):|
|People with disabilities||$5.00||Eliminate|
|Seniors (over age 60)||$5.00||Eliminate|
|Boston Hospital (one way)||$13.00||$26.00|
|Boston Hospital (Round Trip)||$25.00||$50.|
Release courtesy of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority.