Resolution No. 298

Establishing A Policy To Eliminate Mandatory Fares For Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT) Service

Resolution Information

No Action Taken In Committee



Referred to: The Public Works, Capital Projects, and Transportation Committee (Chairwoman Petit and Legislators Fabiano, Litts, Nolan and Stewart), and The Ways and Means Committee (Chairman Gavaris and Legislators Cahill, Fabiano, Ronk, and Walter)


Legislator Phil Erner offers the following:


WHEREAS, many Ulster County residents depend upon Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT) services to travel to work, school, family, shopping and other appointments among other purposes; and


WHEREAS, costs of living continue to climb throughout Ulster County without a corresponding increase in incomes; and


WHEREAS, UCAT riders are disproportionately poorer / lower income; and


WHEREAS, mitigating and adapting to the global climate catastrophe requires a reduction in the total energy and materials consumed for transportation; and


WHEREAS, the collection and negotiation of fares can cause travel delays as well as tensions between UCAT riders and drivers; and


WHEREAS, an increase in mass-transit usage will correspond with a decrease in total motor vehicles on our roads, and an increase in the proportion of driving conducted by professionally trained drivers, which altogether correspond with a decreased risk of traffic violence; and


WHEREAS, Ulster County's Green New Deal calls for all county residents to have access to zero carbon transportation by 2040; and


WHEREAS, Kansas City, Missouri, and the State of Connecticut, both having larger populations than Ulster County, have either temporarily or permanently suspended transit fares; and


WHEREAS, the state and federal governments supply approximately 75% of the funds to fund Ulster County Area Transit; and


WHEREAS, the mean annual operating expense of UCAT between 2015 and 2020 was $6,390,699; and


WHEREAS, the total revenue generated by UCAT fares between 2015 and 2020 was $2,051,611; now, therefore, be it



RESOLVED, that fares to ride all UCAT services, including paratransit, shall be hereby eliminated; and, be it further


RESOLVED, that the fare boxes on fixed-route buses shall remain in place, with an optional contribution encouraged from wealthier riders,


and move its adoption.





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Passed Committee: Public Works, Capital Projects, and Transportation on __________________.


Passed Committee: Ways and Means on __________________.





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Updated: July 11, 2022

Votes on this Resolution

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