Bumps on the Bus: Riders Feel METS Changes Coming

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Some will save, others will spend more with changes to Evansville’s bus system. Riders will notice new fares and routes starting in the new year.

Most passengers will see their fares drop but if you’ve got a long trip on multiple buses it might cost you twice as much.

Evansville’s METS handles more than 2 million bus fares every year and with the coming changes, city leaders are hoping for more efficiency and more riders.

“It’s a little quicker,” says Floyd Shelby, who takes the bus several times every week. “When I walk all the way home it takes me about an hour.”

For Shelby, convenience and cost count, and it’ll count even more in 2017. The new year will bring some change to his pocket – literally.

Currently, METS riders pay a $1.00 for a trip across town. Not a bad price, if you ask most. But it’s about to get even better; saving a quarter for a one-way trip.

Adult fares drop to 75 cents. Students from 75 cents to 50 cents, and elderly and disabled riders from 50 cents to 35 cents. Mobility fares will change from $2.00 to $1.50 per ride.

It’s simple math for Shelby. “Pennies add up to nickles, and nickles add up to dimes, dimes to quarters, and quarters to dollars,” he says.

It’s not all great news: free transfers will be cut. It’ll cost you another fare to change buses, which might turn your savings for one trip into a loss on another.

Derek Williamson understands a lot of people transfer buses at the downtown station, but he says there are pros and cons to any change. “You just got to take what you can get,” Williamson adds.

METS will add Sunday service on select routes through the inner city, which has been highly requested for years. Sunday service will be available on five routes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting January 8.

Howell/Mary, First Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, Covert Avenue, and East Connection will be included on Sundays.

METS riders are encouraged to use the new DoubleMap bus tracking system. DoubleMap allows riders to use smart phones to track the exact location of any bus in real time.

The new bus fares will start January 2.

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