Tulsa Transit Cuts Service, Raises Fares After Budget Cut

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 9:18 pm

Tulsa transit is taking a $691,000 cut under the proposed budget, and that means cutting back on service and raising fares.

The transit service plans to end regular bus service an hour earlier each day, at 8:30 p.m. The lift program, for the handicapped, will end an hour and a half earlier each day at 7:30 p.m.

4/17/2014 Related Story: Budget Cuts Force Tulsa Transit To Cut Routes, Raise Fare

Daytime service will be cut back on three routes, 118, 318, and 306.

Fares will also go up. Regular fares will increase from $1.50 to $1.75 and lift fares will go from $3 to $3.50.

Bill Cartwright, with Tulsa Transit, said, "We're going to need to do some service reductions on both the fixed routes and the lift program the para transit program and we're going to need to raise fares on those programs."

The changes are what Tulsa Transit determined would impact the fewest numbers of riders, but those riders are very passionate.

They're appealing to the city council to restore the money in the budget, somehow.