In order to help passengers struggling with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, FAX suspended fares for a six-month period (from March 1 to August 31, 2021). FAX reinstated fares on September 1, 2021, although at reduced prices. The regular base fare was reduced from $1.25 to $1.00. In addition:
- Fares were reduced for seniors, people with disabilities, and Medicare cardholders, with valid ID.
- Children 12 and younger ride for free.
- Active military and veterans ride for free, with valid ID.
- 31-day passes, and 10 Ride Cards are available at discounted rates.
FAX conducted public outreach on the reinstatement of the fares during August 2021, and prepared a Title VI Fare Equity Analysis, as required by federal law, to ensure that the new fare structure did not disproportionately affect minority or low-income populations.
The public outreach events and comments received are included in the Title VI Fare Equity Analysis. The analysis, which found that there were no disparate impacts or disproportionate burdens, except for potentially with free fares for active military and veterans, was approved by the Fresno City Council on October 14, 2021. Additional analysis will be conducted on the free fares for military and veterans.
As always, FAX thanks our passengers for riding public transit!