Short Line hikes bus fares 3 percent

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Orange County bus riders better pack a little extra cash before heading to the bus stop because the cost of a ride is going up. 

Short Line bus fares increased 3 percent Monday. Officials say the hike is because of higher operational costs, insurance and Port Authority Bus Terminal fees.

A monthly ticket from Monroe to Manhattan has gone up almost $9.

Clancy Gray tells News 12 that even such a small increase is hard on her wallet. “I pay a lot of money to ride the bus one way,” says Gray. “It’s already a lot, so a 3 percent increase to my budget is a little much.”

Jerry Fincke's wife owns the Depot Cigar and Candle Short Line Terminal in Monroe, and Fincke says a ton of people came in Sunday to buy their tickets before the increase.

Short Line officials say they haven't increased fares on Orange County commuters since 2009.

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