Jamie "Jonny 5" Laurie of the Denver band Flobots leads protesters in song outside of RTD headquarters in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. A rally was held in opposition to proposed RTD bus and light rail fare increases.

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Protesters rallied outside of Regional Transportation District's Denver headquarters Wednesday to speak out against proposed bus and light rail fare increases before the final public meetings on the possible changes.

Those who gathered decried RTD's proposed changes as being unfair to the poor. If approved, bus and light rail fares would increase from $2.25 per ride to $2.60. And a local monthly pass would go from $79 to $104.

That's just too much for Jen-Ay Elise of Denver, who uses public transportation everyday.

“It's so difficult to be in a situation where you're constantly like trying to fight and scratch for money," Elise said. "The last thing I want to have to worry about is my transportation.”

But RTD officials want a simpler fare structure as the division prepares for a system expansion next year, one that will create five new transit lines, including one to Denver International Airport.

Tina Jaquez, an RTD spokeswoman, said that despite the proposed increases, discounted fares will continue to be available to those who qualify, including seniors, students, the disabled and the poor.