Group protests Valley Metro fare increases

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PHOENIX -- People protesting against Valley Metro on Thursday say they've been hit particularly hard by recent fare increases.

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Group protests Valley Metro fare increases - People protesting against Valley Metro on Thursday say they've been hit particularly hard by recent fare increases.

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Those fares go up on July 1.

Valley Metro says the increases are necessary because revenue from sales tax is down and the cost to operate continues to go up.

However, some of the Valley's blind say they've been unfairly targeted by the rate increase with prices up 90 percent for Dial-a-Ride.

And it's not just the rates they're having trouble with.

"Dial-a-Ride is continuing to get worse with longer ride times and untimely drop-offs and we've approached the administration, both Phoenix Transit and City Council, and it seems to have fallen on deaf ears," said Marc Schmidt with the National Federation of the Blind.

Schmidt also said much of the blind community is completely dependent on Dial-a-Ride for transportation.