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Hearings Schedule For GoBus Rate Increase

Fourteen Public Hearings Scheduled for Opportunity to Comment:
Kilgore, TX, July 14, 2014: On July 2,2014, the ETCOG Executive Committee approved to begin the public hearing process required to raise fare rates for GoBus rural public transportation system. The current rate of $2.00 per trip within a county and $5.00 per trip across counties has not been increased since 1997. One-Way Fares proposed to become effective October 1,2014 are:

$4.00 in County
$8.00 One County Over
$10.00 Two Counlies Over
$3.00 for each additional county
$1 .00 for each additional stop - up to three total stops permitted

At the time rates were set in 1997, the average price of a gallon of gas was $1.25. Now, gas has raised to an average of $3.54 per gallon. The fare increase is to help build program sustainability as the total funding for GoBus comes from state and federal sources, with the exception of local contracts with the Area Agency on Aging of East Texas and Kilgore College for direct services and the City of Marshall to assist with funding its flex route system.
"We have looked to other rural transit providers in Texas to see what they are charging and find that we are proposing a fair rate for our customers. An example is Alamo Regional Transit, which asks $6 when traveling in the same county, $8 one county away and $ 12 two counties away. Another example is the Panhandle Transit, which charges between $ 1 and $ 17.50 based on distance and The Central Texas Rural Transit charges $ 1 for every 5 miles," said ErCOG Director of Transportation, John O. Hedrick.

ETCOG invites the public to attend one of the fourteen public hearings being held throughout the region for an opportunity to comment on the proposed fare increase. The hearings will be held at the Workforce Solutions East Texas center in each of the 14 counlies served by ETCOG at the following dates and times:

* Jefferson - Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 9:00 AM
208 N. Walnut Street, Jefferson, TX 75657
*Marshall- Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 11:00 AM
4300 E. End Blvd., Marshall, TX 75633
*Pittsburg - Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:00 AM
211 Mill Street, Pittsburg, TX 75686
*Gilmer - Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:00 AM
405 E. Marshall Street, Gilmer, TX 75644
*Longview - Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 2:00 PM
2430 S. High Street, Longview, TX 75602
*Henderson - Friday, July 25, 2014, 11:00 AM
1424 s. Main street, Henderson, IX 75654
*Carthage - Friday, July 25,2014,2:00 PM
410 W. Sabine Street, Carthage, IX 75633
*Athens - Wednesday, July 30,2014, 9:00 AM
205 N. Murchison St. 1101, Athens, IX 75751
*Tyler - Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 11:00 AM
4100 Troup HWY, Tyler, IX 75703
*Palestine - Thursday, July 31, 2014, 9:00 AM
500 E. Murchison Street, Palestine, IX 75801
*Jacksonville- Thursday, July 31, 2014,11:00 AM
2027 N. Jackson Street, Jacksonville, IX 75766
*Canton - Friday, August 1. 2014,9:00 AM
1760 N. Trade Days Blvd., Canton, IX 75103
*Emory - Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:30 AM
209 E. Quitman Street, Emory, IX 75440
*Quitman- Friday, August 1, 2014, 2:00 PM
405 S. Hart Sf. Quitman IX 75783
To issue a public comment, please call (903) 218-6399 or you may submit a written comment online a http://www.etcog.org/644/Proposed-Fare-lncrease.htm. ETCOG will be taking public comments through August 22,2014. For more information, contact ETCOG's Director of Transportation, John O. Hedrick at (903) 218-6490 or John.Hedrick@etcog.org.

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