Metro OKs Fare Increases in New Budget
Raises Go Into Effect in July
WI Web Staff | 3/27/2014, 11 p.m.
Metro's board of directors Thursday approved a fare increase beginning in July, part of the fiscal 2015 operating budget passed during the weekly board meeting.
The budget has earmarked funding to improve and increase service, as well as for infrastructure repair, Metro officials said.
Metro's list of fare changes that will take effect July 1:
· Fares will increase an average of 3 percent (about 10 cents per trip). Short trips of 3 miles or less will increase from $1.70 to $1.75 during off-peak and from $2.10 to $2.15 during rush hour.
· The maximum rail fare will increase to $5.90, from $5.75 today.
· A $1 surcharge will continue to be applied for trips taken with a paper farecard.
· Passes will increase to the following prices:
o Unlimited one-day pass $14.50
o Unlimited 7-day pass $59.25
o Unlimited 28-day pass $237.00
o 7-day "short trip" pass $36.00
· Regular bus fares will become $1.75, regardless of whether using cash or SmarTrip. Today, fares are $1.60 for SmarTrip and $1.80 cash.
· Senior/disabled fares will increase to 85 cents, from 80 cents today.
· There are no changes to existing transfer discounts.
· The 7-Day regional bus pass will increase to $17.50, from $16.00 today.
· Parking rates will increase by 10 cents at all Metro-operated facilites.
· At selected stations in Prince Georges County, parking rates will increase an addition 50 cents (total of 60 cents).
· MetroAccess fares will continue to be 2x the fastest rail or bus trip.
· The maximum MetroAccess fare will be lowered from $7 today to $6.50.