Cheyenne residents may soon be paying more to ride the bus.

Cheyenne Transit Program Director Renae Jording says rates have remained the same since the program was created in 1989, and that's why she's proposing a 50 cent increase.

"We've had to juggle funds between projects to allow the fare to remain a dollar for 27 years, but we can no longer do that," said Jording. "We have to implement a fare increase to help support the cost of providing transit service."

If the fare increase is approved by the Cheyenne City Council, it would cost students $1.25 and adults $1.50 to ride the bus.

"I know it's a lot, but everything in your life has increased more than 50 percent in 27 years," said Jording. "I'm hoping to do this once and not have to do this again next year or the year after that."

"I'm doing what I can to try to offset that for the people who truly can't afford it," added Jording. "If you come in here and bring us proof that you're low-income and you live within the city limits, we're going to help you with some tokens to get you started."

The Council's Finance Committee will take public comment on the issue when it meets on Monday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m.