473.408 Fare policy.
Subdivision 1. Definition. "Off-peak hours" means the time from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. until the last bus on Monday through Friday of each week and all day Saturday, Sunday, and holidays designated by the council.
Subd. 2. Fare policy. (a) Fares and fare collection systems shall be established and administered to accomplish the following purposes:
(1) to encourage and increase transit and paratransit ridership with an emphasis on regular ridership;
(2) to restrain increases in the average operating subsidy per passenger;
(3) to ensure that no riders on any route pay more in fares than the average cost of providing the service on that route;
(4) to ensure that operating revenues are proportioned to the cost of providing the service so as to reduce any disparity in the subsidy per passenger on routes in the transit system; and
(5) to implement the social fares as set forth in subdivision 2b.
(b) The plan must contain a statement of the policies that will govern the imposition of user charges for various types of transit service and the policies that will govern decisions by the council to change fare policy.
Subd. 2a. Regular route fares. The council shall establish and enforce uniform fare policies for regular route transit in the metropolitan area. The policies must be consistent with the requirements of this section and the council's transportation policy plan. The council and other operators shall charge a base fare and any surcharges for peak hours and distance of service in accordance with the council's fares policies. The council shall approve all fare schedules.
Subd. 2b. Social fares. For the purposes of raising revenue for improving public safety on transit vehicles and at transit hubs or stops, the council shall review and may adjust its social fares as they relate to passengers under the age of 18 during high crime times provided that the increased revenues are dedicated to improving the safety of all passengers.
Subd. 3. Repealed, 1Sp1985 c 10 s 123 subd 1
Subd. 3a. Repealed, 1Sp1985 c 10 s 123 subd 1
Subd. 3b. Repealed, 1Sp1985 c 10 s 123 subd 1
Subd. 4. Circulation fares. The council and other operators may charge a reduced fare for service on any route providing circulation service in a downtown area or community activity center. The council and other operators shall not contribute more than 50 percent of the operating deficit of any such route that is confined to a downtown area or community activity center. The boundaries of service districts eligible for reduced fares under this subdivision must be approved by the council.
Subd. 5. Repealed, 1Sp1985 c 10 s 123 subd 1
Subd. 6. Monthly passes. The council may offer monthly passes for regular route bus service for sale to the general public.
Subd. 7. Employee discount passes. The council may offer passes for regular route bus service for sale to employers at a special discount.
HIST: 1977 c 454 s 36; Ex1979 c 1 s 48,49; 1980 c 614 s 152; 1981 c 363 s 51,52; 3Sp1981 c 2 art 1 s 70; 1983 c 27 s 1-3; 1983 c 293 s 104; 1Sp1985 c 10 s 108,109; 1994 c 628 art 3 s 116-121; 1995 c 260 s 7,8; 1997 c 159 art 2 s 49