Hearings Set To Discuss People Mover Fare Hike

DETROIT (WWJ) – You can make your voice heard on proposed fare hikes for the Detroit People Mover at two public hearings this week.

City officials say they only have enough money to keep the People Mover running through December.  So, they are proposing an increase in fares, from 50 cents to 75 cents.

A public hearing on the fare increase  will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rosa Parks Transit Center on Michigan Avenue and Wednesday fron 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.at the Madison Building on Washington Boulevard.

Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh, who is on the transportation board, said their hands are tied.  He said the city has options to keep the People Mover running, but says it’s not as essential as the city’s bus system and police and fire.

Last year, just $900,000 of the People Mover’s $10.7 million in revenue came from rider fares.

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