Fare increase ‘would hurt a lot’ | TheUnion.com

Fare increase ‘would hurt a lot’

Some regulars waiting for the bus in downtown Grass Valley last week said proposed fare increases and service cuts would cause hardships.

Local resident Charles Williams would see the run to Colfax he takes disappear, and he wonders why politicians are not helping bus riders who depend on it.

“Poor people, old people and handicapped people use this service,” Williams said. “Doesn’t anybody care about those factions?”

Grass Valley resident William Hayes uses the bus to get back and forth to his skin cancer treatments.

“If they raise prices, I won’t be able to get to the places I need to get to to make my life better,” Hayes said. “People need the bus to get to work, too.”

Rough & Ready resident Marina Cortez uses the bus to attend ROP classes at Nevada Union High School and to get to work from her home.

A price increase “would hurt a lot. You already have to pay $2 to get past Bitney Springs” into the next zone, she said. “It’s hard because I’m living on my own and I have to pay rent, too.”

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