Breaking the Bank

By Brandi Bailey

October 3, 2012 Updated Oct 3, 2012 at 6:24 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The BC Transit System takes hundreds of residents from here to there throughout the county each day, but what happens when the costs go up?

Students are angry after hearing about the proposed change to the transit costs calling it unfair to not only themselves, but everyone who uses the buses on a daily basis.

The current cost to ride the city bus one way is $1.50.

In Debbie Preston's proposed 2013 budget, the cost would jump 50 cents.

Currently, students have the option to pay $33 for an unlimited use month fare.

The new proposed budget is looking to reduce the number of rides to 30 for that same fare.

"Gas is getting higher and I understand that, but our financial aide doesn't go up, it's actually going down," said Laure Fehr, a student at BCC.

Now, this rally was organized by Citizen's Action and a paid member of Democratic Candidate for County Executive, Tarik Abdelazim's campaign. Students joined in on the initiative.

Deputy Executive John Bernardo came to Preston's defense and says the county has 30 buses that need to be replaced, rising fuel costs, and contract agreements that need to be upheld.

Bernardo adds that the County will be speaking with BCC in an attempt to come up with cost effective solutions for students.