NILES -- The city will have a public hearing next week on proposed fare increases and service reductions for the Niles-Trumbull Transit System.
The hearing will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Niles Senior Center, 14 E. State St. A quarterly report meeting also will be held.
The transit system is a demand-responsive bus service. In the first year, about 20,000 people received one-way rides, significantly fewer than the 50,000 projected, officials said last year.
The proposed changes to hours of operation and fees tentatively are to take effect March 1. Proposed hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends and holidays rather than the current 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekday hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. will remain unchanged.
Passengers who live in participating communities of Niles, Howland, Liberty, McDonald, Vienna and Cortland would be eligible for discounted fares of $2 (currently $1.50) per one-way trip for people 62 and older and $4 (now $3) for one-way trips for the general public.
For travel to other areas in Trumbull County from the participating communities, passengers would pay $4 (currently $3) per one-way trip for people 62 and older and $8 (now $6) one-way for the general public in these participating communities.
Fares for residents of nonparticipating communities that are not subsidizing the cost of the transit service would pay $8 one-way for people 62 and older; and $16 one-way for the general public.
People who want to testify at the hearing will be limited to a three-minute talk. People who want to testify in writing about the fare and service proposals should mail their comments to the Niles-Trumbull Transit System, 34 W. Main St., Niles, Ohio 44446. Deadline for receipt of public comments is 4 p.m. Feb. 25.