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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

For Immediate Release

August 29, 2001


Steinhaus Signs Student Bus Fare Reduction

Poughkeepsie. . . Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has approved legislation to reduce the County LOOP bus fare for students from $.75 to $.50 per farebox trip.  This fare decrease  is the result of a ridership study conducted by Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development in conjunction with the Division of Mass Transit (LOOP) earlier this summer.  The study recommended the student fare reduction to the County Executive and the County Legislature as a means to assist students and their families who depend upon public bus transportation to get to and from school.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “I am happy to implement this student bus fare reduction of $.25 per trip.  Although it seems like a small amount of money, it certainly adds up for the students and families who depend on our County transportation system to get to and from school.  Often students must use two or more bus trips to get to their destination.”  For example, a family with two students traveling to and from school using two LOOP routes five days per week could save a minimum of over $300 just for school travel.  The student may also take advantage of the lower fare during evenings, weekends, holidays and vacations, adding up to substantial yearly savings.

“We encourage more students to take advantage of these new reduced bus fares.  We aim to make our County LOOP bus system even more user friendly and we are always interested in improving service where the need exists,” said Steinhaus.

Any student with current valid student identification, including college students, is eligible for the reduced fare.  Since the new student fare will be in effect at all times, ridership has the potential to increase, which would offset the annual cost to the system.   The County is committed to supporting public transportation and currently subsidizes the LOOP System with an 18.5% contribution from the County budget amounting to $700,000.  Other funding is received from the State (38%), Federal Government (12%), fareboxes (21.5%) and miscellaneous income (10%).

Please contact Dutchess County Mass Transit, a division of Dutchess County Planning and Development, at (845) 485-4690 for information regarding the effective date for the new student fares and the student identification requirements.  Information regarding LOOP schedules and routes is also available.


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