Keeping it "Fare"
It's a fairness thing. Gainesville leaders say they don't have replacement funds for aging RTS equipment, and they'll need to charge the county some more money. However, at a joint meeting Monday night county leaders made it clear- they don't think they should pay more than anyone else.
City commissioners are asking the county for five dollars more an hour for next year's RTS bus services, about a $269,000 increase; money city leaders say will go toward replacing buses and enhancing services.
The city is not changing rates for the University of Florida or Santa Fe College.
"It's justifiable for RTS to give a discount for those entities such as UF, such as Santa Fe, that provide enhanced service that all residents of Gainesville can enjoy," said Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe.
County commissioners voted to pay UF's RTS rate, $61/hour, next year. A little over a dollar more than what they're paying now, until city officials discuss the county's proposals on Thursday.
"I don't think that that adequately covers the costs, and the residents of Gainesville will bear the difference," said Lowe.
The county will pay for any increase in RTS services with gas tax money, and if an agreement with the city is not reached, county officials say routes may be cut.
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