Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Suffolk County spends $36,000,000 to operate its bus system to service 6,000,000 riders. That would be $6 per rider. Since the fare is $1.50 the County loses $4.50 for every rider. The last fare increase was in 1992. Clearly, two things need to happen: Determine what can be done to reduce costs and put everything on the table - including union benefits and the number of administrators. Then pass a fare increase that brings prices into the 21st Century.