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Cats proposes 15% fare increase for 82X bus line

Charlotte City leaders are planning a hike in CATS bus fees — and if you ride the 82X line to Charlotte, it could soon affect you.

Thursday night, Rock Hill and Charlotte city transportation leaders held a public comment session on the fee hike, that if approved, would raise a one-way ticket by 50 cents to 4-dollars.

Charlotte Area Transit Systems Manager of Service Development Pamela White says she’s received comments on both sides of the issue.

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White explains why the increase is needed.

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White says even with the increase, an expansion of service is not currently planned.

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During the meeting, White said the 50-cent increase was substantial — but necessary.

The 82X line currently runs during morning and afternoon rush hours five days a week from Downtown Rock Hill to Manchester Village, Baxter Village, the Plaza Fiesta in Fort Mill and finally on to the Charlotte transportation center. The line currently averages around 34-hundred riders each month.

CATS is set to make a final vote on the proposal later this month. If approved, it would go into effect July 1.

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