MADISON (WKOW) -- Mayor Paul Soglin says a plan to increase bus fares in Madison is necessary.
Soglin's budget calls for extending a Metro bus route into the Owl Creek Community, which he'd pay for with bus fare increases.
The proposed budget would raise adult bus fares from $2 to $2.25, disabled senior monthly passes would go up nearly 50 percent, and all other rates would increase, too.
Soglin says costs have gone up and says the bus service needs to expand.
"If we're going to bus rapid transit, which is expanded service with express routes, we have to start building a system now," Soglin said.
Even though the proposed increase in bus fares could pose problems for low-income individuals, it may be the only way Madison Metro can operate without cutting any of its services. Soglin did say there will be provisions coming that will provide for low income families and seniors.
A public hearing on the issue is set for November 7th. That's a few days before the city council meeting on November 13th, where members will decide whether the bus prices will go up.