FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Reinald G. Ledoux, Jr.
Brockton Area Transit Authority
Brockton, MA (June 14, 2018) Reinald G. Ledoux, Jr., Administrator of the Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT), announced that there will be a fare increase on all BAT fixed route and DIAL-A-BAT service effective July 1, 2018. BAT last raised fares in March of 2011. Fixed route fares will be increased by twenty-five cents ($.25) while BAT’s door-to-door service provided by DIAL-A-BAT will increase by fifty cents ($.50). The fixed route adult base fare is presently $1.25 and will rise to $1.50. The DIAL-A-BAT fare will rise from $2.50 to $3.00, reported Administrator Ledoux. The cost of parking at the BAT parking facility located on Centre Street will increase from three dollars ($3.00) to four dollars ($4.00) effective September 1, 2018. BAT’s current pass program including discounts will remain in effect through June 30, 2019.
In addition to the fare increase, there will be a small service reduction effective July 1, 2018 including the elimination of the 9:50 a.m. outbound pulse departing the BAT Centre on weekdays, elimination of service to Wheeler Ave and service to Goddard Medical Center on Summer St. in Stoughton presently served by the “Mini-Maller.” Medical trips to Boston provided by DIAL-A-BAT on Friday will cease on September 1, 2018.
“The fare increase was previously recommended through the development of a Comprehensive Regional Transit Plan and is needed to help meet the rising costs of fuel, health insurance and other related costs being experienced within the industry,” Ledoux said. The service reductions were analyzed as part of a detailed review of service and ridership that considered many scenarios. BAT will also be analyzing the opportunity to improve service in the Brockton to Stoughton corridor and service will be improved on the Mini-Maller route by changing the schedule to operate every 45 minutes rather than every 60 minutes. BAT conducted several public meetings and received valuable feedback from customers that helped shape BAT’s final actions. “Customer feedback is always welcome and appreciated,” Ledoux stated.
For further information, please refer to BAT’s website at www.ridebat.com or call BAT at 508-638-5949.