NEW BERN, Craven County - The Craven County Board of Commissioners approved a fare increase for the Craven Area Rural Transit System (C.A.R.T.S).
The agency's transportation director, Kelly Walker, said this is because New Bern is now an urbanized area. She said the 2010 census showed more than 50,000 people now live in the area and that caused funding to change.
This means the normal bus route, the thick black line on the map above, will cost 50 cents for the elderly and disabled. It used to be free.
The .75 mile buffer around the loop used to be free as well for both. The new fare will be $2 for disabled and $3.25 for the elderly.
The orange areas are the urbanized areas. All of the ones outside the bubble on the map are now going to cost the elderly and disabled the demand response rate, which changes on the distance. It also used to be free.
"We understand it's going to impact our passengers," Walker said.
She said this could help in the long term.
"After the first year, and we're financially stable, we can do things that we haven't been able to do before," Walker said, "expanding the loop or extended hours."
She said the new fares start on Sept. 8.