As part of the budget process, the City of Durango is considering a $1 per trip fare throughout the entire Transit system (which includes the Trolley).
The City of Durango operates Durango Transit, which consists of five fixed route services providing public transit service to the Durango community. One of these routes is the Main Avenue Trolley, has been free since 2009. The other routes require a $1.00 per trip fare. The City is proposing to charge a $1.00 per trip fare system wide. Durango transit offers a $30/month pass unlimited rides on the entire system, this rate will not change with the proposed fare. *There are currently programs in place that offer reduced pass rates to students, low- income, persons with disabilities, seniors, and multi-month purchases. To understand how this may impact riders, we are providing several scenarios:
Rider A lives along North Main and uses the Trolley system to go to work downtown.
Currently: Rider A does not pay anything to ride the Trolley to go downtown. However, if Rider A wanted to go to Walmart, they would pay $1 to ride the Loop Bus.
Proposed: Rider A would pay $1 to ride the Trolley to go downtown. If they then wanted to go to Walmart, they would transfer to the Transit loop bus without any additional fare. There is no additional impact if Rider A has a monthly pass.
Rider B lives in Three Springs and uses the Transit system to get to work downtown.
Currently: Rider B pays $1 to ride the Transit loop bus to downtown, or purchase a monthly pass.
Proposed: There is no change. If Rider B wanted to continue on to North Main, they would not pay any additional fare.
Transit Operating Budget at a Glance:
Operating Costs: $2,609,117
Fares $ 133,000
Donations & Contributions $ 12,000
FLC Student Fees $ 83,460
Federal Grants $ 988,640
Tourism Fund (Lodgers Tax) $ 135,000
Total Transit Revenues: $1,352,100
Subsidy from Parking to Transit $ 800,000
Transfer from Fund Balance $ 457,017
Implementing a $1.00 fare to ride the Trolley would add an estimated $259,000 to the above revenues, thereby reducing the amount of the transfer from the fund balance.
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