Proposed changes for Transpo service could mean that single trip bus riders will no longer receive free transfers while creating a new unlimited ride Day Pass.
The local entity in charge of providing public transportation service to South Bend and Mishawaka announced on March 9 that they are considering moving to what they call a “simplified fare structure.”
The new structure would eliminate the current two-ride passes and replace it with an unlimited use “Day Pass” that would be good for a single service day. Two-ride passes cost $2 while the proposed Day Pass would cost $3.
The new pricing system would save money for frequent riders but would increase the cost for those who just want a single ride with a transfer.
“In the proposed changes, the Day Pass would replace the two ride passes and transfers. The base cash fare of $1.00 remains the same, but transfers would be eliminated,” says Amy Hill, the marketing director at Transpo.
The proposed changes follow the completion of a Comprehensive Operations Analysis in July 2011 and a Fare Equity Analysis in June 2014, which recommended the changes.
A public meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 23 from 4:30 pm until 6 pm at Transpo’s Administration, Maintenance and Operations Facility located at 1401 S. Lafayette Blvd in South Bend. Free shuttle bus service will be provided between South Street Station and the meeting location.
The date and location have changed since the original announcement last week. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place at the St. Joseph County Public Library.
Transpo says that they will provide an overview of the proposed changes at the public meeting and allow the public to ask questions and offer their feedback.
A previous public meeting was held at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library on March 17.
Individuals who are unable to attend can provide feedback via email. You can also call (574) 232-9901 or mail a letter to Transpo, 1401 S. Lafayette Blvd, South Bend, IN 46613.