Published On: Thu, Oct 3rd, 2019

Tri-Rail Announces First Fare Hikes in 10 Years

Riders of Tri-Rail will see the line’s first increase in fares since 2009 next year. But not everyone will pay more, according to Tri-Rail Executive Director Steven Abrams.

“Our average passenger only travels between two and three zones, so for our average rider the single ticket fare will not increase at all.”

Tri-Rail travels along six zones, each covering between 2 and 5 stops. Abrams says the largest one-way increase will be $1.85 for those traveling longer distances through South Florida.

“Even for that long distance rider, that fare will go from $6.90 to $8.75.”

He says Tri-Rail will look to help riders who will be paying more.

“We’re going to try to encourage people who might get hit with a fare increase to look into other discounts that might apply to them.”

That may include the employee discount plan available with certain companies. That discount is decreasing from 25 percent to 15 percent.

Meanwhile, Abrams says nobody will be caught off guard by the increase in fares.

“We’re going to do some increased community outreach in the interim so that everybody is aware.”

The hikes go into effect on January 1st.

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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