What is an agency fare?

Under Federal and State guidelines, Wisconsin counties operating shared-ride transit services are required to levy a fee for each ride. This charge is heavily subsidized by Federal and State grants as well as local property tax dollars to make basic transportation services available and affordable for the entire general population. Funding is limited. An agency fare can be established to maintain the "primacy" of general public transit services and avoid or limit the potential off-loading of trips that are more appropriately funded by other public or private sources. Agency fares are prepaid through a voucher system coordinated by Walworth County and must be applied uniformly.

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1. What is an agency fare?
2. Why are agency fares allowed?
3. What are initial Walworth County agency fares?
4. Could agency fares be increased if total volume of all agency trips negatively impacts the County's ability to provide the general public a reasonable public transit option?