by Suburban Station
neroden wrote: There's no evidence of a lower state subsidy, just operating costs increasing at a rate far greater than inflation.I wonder how far they'll push it, central PA isn't the wealthiest place in the world. they had remarked about trying to generate tourism in lancaster but I wonder how many people are willing to pay $36 to go to/from lancaster on a saturday/sunday only to arrive at a station 20 min walk from downtown and with poor options for getting back...$72 RT is it's two. It puzzles me why the weekend is more expensive than the weekdays.
Uh, now that I look at it carefuly, both of you are kind of missing the point: the state subsidy is going to be required to go up in October 2013 in order to maintain the *same* level of service at the same fares *because of the requirements of PRIIA* (not because of some unsubstantiated claim about operating cost increases on the Keystone).
Looks like there are systemwide fare increases, which makes sense when so many trains are full and the federal funding situation is so pathetically unreliable (seriously, sequestration?). But it also looks like the Keystones are getting hit with *more* fare increases than most of the others, which I attribute to Pennsylvania not wanting to increase its subsidy payment come October 2013.
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