Tucson has scheduled seven public meetings to get opinions from the public about proposed Sun Tran bus fare increases and proposed changes to some bus routes.

The city may save about $2.4 million if it raises the regular bus fare from $1.50 to $1.75 and the economy rate from 50 cents to 65 cents. The proposal, which would take effect July 1, is one of several the city staff suggested as options to reduce the city's funding of the services.

Another $2.4 million in savings could come from a proposal to change 28 bus routes to respond to periods of high demand, eliminate similar or duplicated routes and reduce service costs.

The meetings begin Tuesday and continue through March 28, in seven locations.

  • Tuesday, March 18, 5-7 p.m., Clements Recreation Center, 8151 E. Poinciana Drive
  • Thursday, March 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
  • Thursday, March 20, 2-4 p.m., University of Arizona Student Union, Catalina Room, 3rd floor
  • Saturday, March 22 10 a.m.-12 p.m., El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd.
  • Tuesday, March 25, 1 to 3 p.m. at El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, 101 W. Irvington Rd.
  • Wednesday, March 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Ward 2 Council Office, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.
  • Friday, March 28, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Ave.

The changes were proposed as one way to save about $4 million from the city budget, which is facing a $33 million deficit for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The Tucson City Council is expected to make a final decision about routes and fares as part of its budget-setting process before June 30.