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HEARING ON NFTA BUDGET, PLANNED FARE HIKE SET

A public hearing on the proposed $90.3 million NFTA budget, which would raise fares 15 cents, to $1.25, will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Central Library auditorium.

The proposed 1995 Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority budget does not call for any cuts in service. Besides the basic fare increase, the transfer fee would go up a nickel to 25 cents, and monthly passes would cost more. The 20-cent zone charge would not be changed.

NFTA officials said they must raise fares to reach their general goal of requiring passengers to pay one-third the cost for their ride. It is estimated that 4,500 riders will stop using the system because of the increase.

The increase also is needed to cover the rising cost of carrying disabled passengers at the same time federal subsidies are being reduced, NFTA officials have said.

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