Increase in Joco bus fares to be discussed

Johnson County Transit will hold the first of two hearings tonight on a proposed increase in bus fares.

The hearing will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Administration Building at 111 S. Cherry Street in Olathe. The hearing will be held in Rooms 0200 and 0201.

The county is proposing a simpler fare structure that calls for higher fares, including a 50-cent increase for the popular express route linking Overland Park and Lawrence.

The increase would raise the price of a trip to $3 on the K-10 Connector, which runs between Johnson County Community College and the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence.

The increase also would raise the cost of a 10-ride pass to $27 from $15. The pass now saves you $10. With the increase, it will save you $3.

Other proposed increases would:

-- Starting May 11, raise the fare to $2 for basic service, which includes routes from the Kansas suburbs to downtown Kansas City. Fares now are $1.25 and $1.75, depending on whether the service is express.

-- Beginning next year, charging $1 a trip for local circulator service in Olathe, Shawnee, De Soto, Spring Hill and northeast Johnson County. Those fares are now $1 a day.

Originally, the county developed a plan for starting the fare increase May 11. The date has now been moved back to June 1, provided the increase is approved by the Johnson County Commission.