Manatee County Commission approves MCAT fare increases

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on June 17, 2014 

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A Manatee County Area Transit bus picks up passengers in Bradenton in this 2010 file photograph. Officials are considering bus routes to Lakewood Ranch. File Photo -GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald

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By SARA KENNEDY

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MANATEE -- The Manatee County Commission Tuesday OK'd increases in MCAT fares designed to finance expanded bus service. New fares would take effect Oct. 6.

Cash fares would increase from $1.25 to $1.50; a day pass would increase from $3 to $4, and monthly passes would go up from $30 to $40, MCAT officials said.

Weekly passes would drop from $15 to $12 and a 25-cent transfer fee would be eliminated. A new half-fare discount for active and retired military personnel also was part of the package.

MCAT officials have proposed extending bus service from Cortez Road along State Road 70 to Lakewood Ranch, but final approval for it is slated to be taken up as part of budget deliberations in the fall, officials said.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.

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