The national financial crisis has resulted in steep declines in sales tax revenues and state funding for RTA. For RTA to balance its 2010 budget, a $17.4 million budget gap must be addressed. While maintaining fares at their current level (base of $2.25) beyond the expiration of the fuel surcharge period ending on April 1, 2010 can address a portion of that amount ($8.4 million), service levels must be addressed as well.

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