Up for Debate: Are proposed fare hikes fair?

Monday, November 14, 2011 at 11:43pm

Are the proposed hikes in Metro Transit Authority bus fares and AccessRide fares reasonable? Unreasonable?

Filed under: City Voices
Tagged: Up for Debate

16 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 11/15/11 at 6:27

The cost of gas has remained steady for the past 2 years, even lower now, so I don't know what is the reason for the increase from $1.60 to ride.
And the increase will hit those who can least afford it.
It should go down to $1.50.

By: treehugger7 on 11/15/11 at 7:07

Another lame topic--yawn...fits the weather today...

By: govskeptic on 11/15/11 at 7:09

Is a question submitted to the general public, such as this one, that have no
information on virtually anything within this agency going to provide anything
helpful? Should child molesters be stoned to death with large stones or
small ones?

By: Loner on 11/15/11 at 7:13

Good morning, Nashville!

Yes, this is a rather "lame " topic for debate...who knows if this fare increase is fair , or not? I'm sure that the decision to increase fares was a considered one.

The Metro bus service is great..I used it when I last visited Nashville...saves parking hassles, getting lost worries etc.

By: Loner on 11/15/11 at 7:28

I gotta leave early...going to Lake George this morning....3-day trip.

I see where the boy-raping PSU coach - Sandusky - is claiming innocence...that means his victims may have to testify in court.....the man has zero class...he will make his victims suffer even more. maybe he'll hang himself in his jail cell....give him some shoelaces, or a belt.

PSU should consider dropping football entirely...every time that team takes the field, many will remember PSU as standing for Paterno, Sandusky & Unforgivable.

By: Loner on 11/15/11 at 7:50

A better topic for debate might be the looming Iran War....oh yeah, it's coming down the pike. Same phony casus belli (WMD) and same cast of characters.

The new IAEA Chief, Yukima Amano, is a US-Israel puppet....a toadie. Wikileaked cables indicate that he is one of our boys...check it out:



"...he (Amano) was solidly in the U.S. court on every key strategic decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling of Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program."

The AIEA - a UN agency - will continue to get get US funding....UNESCO lost US funding last week...it's now fee for service at the United Nations.

The US is fast losing all credibility, along with its honor...Holy Wars Suck!

By: yogiman on 11/15/11 at 8:06

You're right, Loner, the US us loosing all credibility with the usurper now in office... at an intentional level.

By: bfra on 11/15/11 at 8:11

Loner - Have a safe trip and loads of fun at Lake George!

By: dargent7 on 11/15/11 at 8:34

You have to see ( hear) the Bob Costas phone interview with Sandusky.
I think OJ Simpson was more truthful.
He's facing 60 years in prison so whatever he says is trying to save his hide.

How about Cains flubbed answer about Lybia? His wife's support is so painful it hurts.
Want this moron and his, "yes, sir!" wife in the W.H.?
These two make the Obama's look splendid.

By: Loner on 11/15/11 at 8:51

Thanks, Bfra...see ya!

By: BenDover on 11/15/11 at 8:56

The beginning premise that it might not be fair to ask someone to pay an additional portion of their rising transportation cost is flawed I believe. Transportation is a right now?

By: Captain Nemo on 11/15/11 at 11:05

Is Silence Golden?


By: PKVol on 11/15/11 at 11:07

Nearly 50% of MTA's budget comes from Metro and less than 25% comes from fares and other MTA sources (advertising likely being the next biggest revenue-generator after fares). Federal & State funding (also tax dollars) provide another 29% of funding. This makes total taxpayer funding about 77% The last fare increase was 3 years ago - even in a recession, costs have risen in that time.

I think it is appropriate to ask those users to pay more of the share to use the system. If I were in charge, I would raise the fare to $2.00, but also sell transfers for $0.50 (valid for 30 minutes or for a specific route for the next departure only); this would lower the trip cost for anyone changing busses. As it is now, riders pay $1.60 everytime they board a bus, so a trip with a transfer costs a minimum of $3.20.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/15/11 at 11:47

Bus rides reduce the number of cars on the streets. I can see the benefit of this mode of transportation. However I wonder what the cost is for a person to drive themselves to and from any point, plus the cost for parking if any.

By: dargent7 on 11/15/11 at 12:51

Metro should take a field trip to San Francisco, CA to see how a bus system works effectively.
On Tenn. Metro, everytime you get off and then get back on, it's another $1.60.
If you need to walk a couple of blocks to get a transfer, another Bus will charge you $1.60.
Instead of these Senators and Congressmen flying to Afghanistan to see, "how it's going", stay within America's borders to see, "how it's going".

By: Captain Nemo on 11/15/11 at 1:34

The problem with Nashville is that there are still too many that can not see a future without change. Maybe a few more years there will be more educated people move in and help get us get caught up with the 21st century.