Proposed Fare Changes

fare-changeHRT will hold one last public hearing on the proposed fare increases for customers of bus, ferry, light rail and paratransit services. It will take place during HRT’s monthly board meeting on Feb. 27, at 509 E. 18th St., Norfolk. The meeting begins at 1 p.m.

The board is expected to make its decision at this meeting. If new fares are adopted, new prices will take effect this summer.

HRT has held eight public hearings on the proposed changes. If you were unable to attend any of them, you can still comment by clicking on the comment form to register your thoughts. Fare Policy Change Comment Form

HRT staff has proposed increasing the cost of a single ride by 50 cents while also eliminating some categories of other fares in an effort to simplify the agency’s fare structure.

HRT has not raised its base fare since 1999 when the agency was formed despite increases in the cost of fuel, materials, labor and other operating expenses. The existing bus system of 73 local and express routes, plus light rail and the ferry service, costs about $60 million a year to deliver but with existing fares at $1.50 per trip the recovery rate is just over $13 million, or 20 percent.  HRT would like to increase that to 23% percent system wide. A fare increase of 50 cents would bring in an additional $3.12 million in operating revenue annually.

Proposed fare changes