Met Council to hold public hearings on potential fare increases

by John Hageman

The Metropolitan Council, which oversees Metro Transit, is considering holding a series of public meetings regarding potential fare increases and service reductions as the result of transit cuts from the state legislature.

The motion will be considered at Monday’s transportation committee meeting.

Lawmakers passed a transportation finance bill in May that would have cut $109 in general fund appropriations from the Met Council. Transit advocates denounced the cuts and warned that they would cause fare increases and drastic service reductions on buses and trains across the Twin Cities.

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the bill after the legislative session officially ended. Lawmakers have yet to reach an overall budget solution.

A schedule of potential public hearings can be seen here: