GoBus begins process of raising rates
Longview, TX — The cost to ride the area’s rural transportation system, GoBus, could increase as soon as October.
On Wednesday, the Executive Committee of the East Texas Council of Governments began a public information process that could lead to a vote in September on the first GoBus rate increase since 1997.
“The main thing is that it has been a long time, at least 1997, since it (the rate) has changed. It has actually been reduced in some regards, several years ago, and we want to have GoBus be sustainable,” said Director of Transportation John Hedrick.
At that time, the average price of a gallon of gas was $1.25. Now, an average gallon costs $3.54.
While doubling the cost to ride GoBus will not allow fares to pay for the system single-handedly, it will help support rising costs.
The purple and green, compact bus is operated by the 14-county council of governments. Today’s one-way rates are $2 for in-county and $5 for out-of-county rides.
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