Transportation committee discussing potential bus fare increase in Ocean City
OCEAN CITY, Md. – In Ocean City, change could be on the horizon with the resort town’s first potential bus fare increase in nearly 12 years.
The OC transportation committee is currently looking into raising that fare from $3 to $4 a day.
We’re told the rising cost of purchasing buses, fuel, and labor are making the rate jump necessary.
Transit Manager Rob Shearman tells us that ridership was strong last season, even increasing back to pre-pandemic levels.
He adds that potential fare increase will help them meet the growing demand. “The last thing we want to do is be in a position where we would have to put less frequent service out on the road this summer than last summer. The potential of increasing the fare would help make sure we maintain that level of service,” Shearman said.
“The next step in our budget process is to really determine whether this is necessary for us to be able to field the service we want to field.”
Shearman also tells us that since they’re a federally funded agency, there would be both a mandatory 30-day notice and a request for public comment before any changes would be made.