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Lower Danville population may mean higher fares

Saturday - 5/11/2013, 12:20pm  ET

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Danville residents may have to pay higher bus fares because of a decrease in the city's population.

The Danville Register & Bee (http://bit.ly/10nemam ) reports that the 2010 census showed the population has dropped below 50,000. City transportation director Marc Adelman says that means Danville is no longer eligible for state and federal grants that used to cover 90 percent of some of the costs.

The transit system is now considered a rural system, which means the city is eligible for grants that will cover only 65 percent of those same costs. That's left the system with a $16,000 deficit going into the new budget year July 1.

Adelman is proposing increasing regular bus fares from $1 to $1.10. City Council will vote on the proposal June 18.

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Information from: Danville Register & Bee, http://www.registerbee.com


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