Officials: Student fare deters bad behavior on Dubuque buses
DUBUQUE (AP) — Officials say a move to charge students a small fee to ride on Dubuque buses has significantly reduced complaints by other riders of bad behavior.
Before Aug. 1, students were allowed to ride the buses for free by showing school ID. Dubuque’s Transit Advisory Board was prompted to recommend creating a student fare after receiving complaints from other riders about teens being loud and profane.
City transit manager Candace Eudaley-Loebach tells The Telegraph Herald data indicates that there have been fewer issues on buses and at bus stops. Eudaley-Loebach says the fare has been a deterrent.
According to Dubuque police, officers have been receiving fewer calls to bus stops and less complaints from bus drivers about rowdy behavior.