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Big Blue Bus Fares Getting a Little Bigger

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Effective August 29th, your fare on Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus will be a bit bigger than before, and if you're a senior, student, or disabled, it will be double, according to the Daily Press.

Last week the City Council voted 4-3 in approval of the fare hikes, which will raise prices as follows: "75 cent to $1 for standard passengers, from 50 cents to $1 for students and from 25 cents to 50 cents for seniors, the disabled and those on Medicare."

The fee increase stems from the Big Blue Bus' operating deficit, which sits at around $6.4 million. The Council members who voted against the increase did so not because they did not want to see prices raised, however, but that they wanted them raised even more.

But if you're not a bus rider, you may still feel the pain of the bus system's financial struggles; the Council is looking to raise "parking ticket costs to keep the bus system financially solvent." Maybe that's something KTLA should keep in mind.