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SEOUL — Adults will pay more and some children less under a new base-to-base shuttle bus fare system.

Ed Johnson, Installation Management Command Korea, said the price increase that went into effect Monday for adults is the first since March 2005.

The South Korean companies that operate the buses, Myungjin and Kyongdong, raised prices to offset rising fuel costs and to account for normal cost-of-living increases for their employees, according to a news release Johnson provided.

Under the old system, children were required to pay adult fares.

The news release said that was partly because the predominant number of troops in South Korea have been on unaccompanied tours — meaning the soldiers and airmen served here while their families stayed back in the States.

“Children weren’t really factored into the equation,” Johnson said.

Now children 12 years and younger will pay a reduced fare, a little less than half the price of an adult ticket, according to the news release. Children 13 and older will pay the full adult fare.

Ron Jakovac, with the command’s logistics division, said the new child fares support the bigger push to increase the number people who serve here with their families.

“This is really a win-win for everyone involved and reflects the command’s desire to support families by lowering the bus fares for youth in support of our efforts to normalize tour lengths in Korea and increase command sponsored positions,” Jakovac stated in an e-mail response.

Previously purchased tickets can be used through Oct. 31, according to the release.

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