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LATS proposes fare hike for riders

LAWTON, Okla._ Riders of the Lawton Area Transit System could soon be paying a little more to get around town if a proposed fare hike is approved by city officials.

LATS is calling for a 25-cent increase for regular routes, from $1.25 to $1.50. They say it’s to help offset rising operating costs; including gas, insurance and parts for their aging bus fleet.

Transit officials say they understand it will affect their riders' pockets but this is the first increase in fares since 2008.

“We feel like this is the time to do this,” says Gary Rushing, LATS general manager. “We have been talking about it for a while. The economy is tough, 25-cents might mean a lot to folks that rely on Lawton Area Transit System.”

LATS management says ridership has increased to more than 35,000 riders per month, and they estimate the extra quarter will bring in more than $30,000 in less than a year.

The public is invited to voice their opinion at the July 8 council meeting.

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