Needles, CA: Needles City Council approved fare increase for ridership on the Needles Area Transit (N.A.T.).

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Needles, CA: Needles City Council approved fare increase for ridership on the Needles Area Transit (N.A.T.).

Members of the Needles City Council approved Public Hearing to receive public input on a proposed fare increase for ridership on the Needles Area Transit (N.A.T.) effective as of Friday, January 1st, 2016.

The vote to approve the proposed fare increase for ridership on the Needles Area Transit (N.A.T.) happened during the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

** Information regarding Agenda Item #2 from the City of Needles: **

Resolution No. 2015-50 approving a fare increase for ridership on the Needles Area Transit (N.A.T.) effective as of Friday, January 1st, 2016.

** Proposed Fare Rates: **

– Fixed Route Service – per each boarding $1.25 (Currently $1.10)

– Fixed Route Service – Seniors (60+) & Persons with Disabilities – per each boarding $1.15 (requires presentation of city issued photo ID)

– Pre-purchased Single Boarding Pass – per each pass $1.25 (Route Deviation Service requires payment of additional 60¢)

– 30-punch pass – punched per each boarding $36.00 (Route Deviation Service requires payment of additional 60% per each boarding)

– Route Deviation Service – per each boarding $1.85

– Route Deviation Service – Seniors (60+) & Persons with Disabilities — per each boarding $1.75 (requires presentation of city issued photo identification).

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With operating expenses continuing to rise, this fare increase will help in maintaining our minimum required 10% farebox recovery for the Needles Area Transit (N.A.T.).

The increase has been discussed with McDonald Transit staff (our contract operator) and they are in agreement that an increase is necessary at this time.

The last increase in Needles Area Transit (N.A.T.) fares was Thursday, August 1st, 2013.

In addition, we recently had a “single boarding pass” printed which will be available for pre-purchase for those riders that may not want to use cash or purchase a 30 punch pass and there has been some interest expressed in bulk purchases of a single boarding pass which businesses and other governmental agencies could provide to their clientele.

Depending on the use of the single boarding pass, this could lead to increased ridership on the Needles Area Transit (N.A.T.).

There will be no discount fare for the pre-purchased single boarding pass.

As for fiscal impact, additional farebox revenues to assist in maintaining the required 10% farebox recovery.

As for environmental impact, “N/A”; not applicable, not available, or no answer.

The recommended action, to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2015-50 approving a fare increase for ridership on the Needles Area Transit (N.A.T.) effective as of Friday, January 1st, 2016.

(Action Needed Agenda Item)

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**** You can view this agenda at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/1_CITY_COUNCIL_NPUA_SARDA/12_DECEMBER/MTG_1/cc_120815-2.pdf

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

 

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