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The downtown Detroit People Mover might raise the 50-cent fare for the first time since opening in 1987.

The Detroit Transportation Corporation on Wednesday said individual fares would increase from 50 cents to 75 cents; children 5 and under free; seniors from 25 cents to 35 cents.

Three public hearings are scheduled for September.

The People Mover is heavily subsidized by taxpayers and also gets revenue from ads and naming rights.

City Council President Charles Pugh says public transit is a necessity and tax dollars are scarce. He’s in favor of a fare increase. Council member Gary Brown suggests the fare should be doubled to a dollar.

Some riders say 75 cents is reasonable but not a dollar.

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