Keeping RTS Buses En Route
Kelly Shelby and her daughter ride Gainesville's RTS buses about four times a week. As a single mom of two who is trying to put her son through college, she says it's much cheaper than owning a car
"70 to 80 dollars a month, as opposed to a car payment and insurance," said Shelby. "I can't, I can't afford that."
But thanks to rising fuel costs, she may have to pay more to ride the bus in the months to come. Most of RTS buses run on diesel, which is at an all-time high. Triple-A says it's an average of $4.85 a gallon.
Their plan includes increasing fare prices from $1 to $1.25, cutting back on some routes, asking the University of Florida for more money, since students make up the majority of their riders, and using some of the 5 cent gas tax money as well.
And while that may make some people rethink riding the bus, Shelby says she's it's still her cheapest option.
"A quarter is not enough to make me drive a car in the traffic we have here," said Shelby.
The city commissioners have the final say on which routes get cut, and what money they want to use to make up the deficit, and they will discuss the RTS situation on July 17th.
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