A public meeting on proposed fare increases for hundreds of workers who ride Clean Air Express buses daily will be held tonight from 7 to 9 at Dorothea Nelson Hall in the Santa Maria Public Library, 420 S. Broadway.

Monthly fares for Clean Air Express riders, now ,135, would increase by ,5 in February and an additional ,10 in January 2009, bringing them to ,150 per month. Ten-ride passes, which cost ,45 now, would increase to ,50 in February and then remain at that rate. The current ,6 fare for single rides would increase by ,1 in February, to ,7.

Those proposed fares may be approved on Dec. 20 by the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments board, which oversees the Clean Air Express program.

The last time the monthly fares and the cost of 10-ride passes were increased was two years ago, in November 2005.

SGCAG staff is conducting tonight?s meeting seeking public comments.

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