HUNTINGTON STATION - Commuters who depend on Suffolk County buses to get around could soon be paying more.
The county is considering raising bus fares by either 25 or 50 cents on many routes early next year, and two East End bus lines could charge $2.50.
The proposed fare increase is part of the Suffolk Legislature's 2012 budget that was introduced after Election Day and finalized yesterday.
While the budget plan does not specifically mention raising bus fares, it does require another $1 million in revenue from Suffolk bus in order to decrease the deficit, which will likely mean either fare hikes or service cuts.
Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), who oversees most matters involving Suffolk County Transit, has been working to come up with creative ways to get the extra revenue, such as raising fares only if Sunday bus service is added.
Schneiderman says the resolution to raise the Suffolk bus fares will likely be introduced by the end of the year, and the earliest the increase will take effect is February.