Hampton Roads Transit

HRT may reconsider planned fare increase

HRT may reconsider planned fare increase

With not enough money coming in and fewer people riding its buses, Hampton Roads Transit officials are wondering if it still makes sense to go ahead with plans for a fare increase in October.

That increase, already postponed from an original start date in July 2016, would raise fares from $1.75 to $2.

But after Hampton City Manager Mary Bunting and Newport News councilwoman Pat Woodbury told the HRT board they were concerned that a fare increase would turn more people away from the buses, HRT president and chief executive officer William Harrell said he would take a second look at the planned increase.

The transit agency has been hit hard by declines in the number of...