HART, the Huntington Town-operated bus system, has raised fares and eliminated unlimited-use monthly passes, effective Jan. 1.
While the changes represent a small increase in dollar terms, some of the hikes are sizable in terms of percentages.
The fare increase is the system’s first since 1994, town spokesman A.J. Carter said. The fares were proposed and passed because the town faced rising operating expenses due to increases in fuel, insurance and pension costs, Carter said.
The new fares also will provide money for maintenance work and assist in the mitigation of the town’s budget deficit, he said.
One-way, single-ride fares for adults rose from $1.25 to $2 — a 60 percent change. Student tickets are now $1.25, up from $0.75. Elderly/disabled/Medicare fares are 75 cents, up from 50 cents. Children still ride free.
The price of transfers to another bus route went up from 10 cents to 25 cents. A 10-trip ticket book now costs $15, a $5 increase, and $6 for seniors, a $2 jump.
Unlimited-use monthly passes have been discontinued.
The town board approved the changes at its last meeting in December.