Metro Fares to Increase July 1

by UrbanTurf Staff

Metro Fares to Increase July 1: Figure 1

Proposed Metro fare increases announced back in January look like they will be going into effect on July 1. The fare increases, which are supposed to make up for a $116 million deficit, were approved by Metro’s board of directors on Thursday.

Here is a quick rundown:

  • The base peak fare for rail riders would increase to $2.10 (from $1.95) and the maximum fare would increase 75 cents to $5.75. The base off-peak fare for rail riders would be $1.70, up from $1.60. The maximum off-peak fare would be $3.50.
  • A 28-day unlimited pass would be made available on SmarTrip cards. It would cost $230, which many opponents say would not save regular commuters any money.
  • The $9 one-day pass will be replaced by an unlimited pass that will run riders $14.
  • Bus fares will increase by 10 cents for SmarTrip riders; those who pay cash will be charged an extra 20 cents.

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1 Comment

  1. MP said at 7:22 pm on Friday April 27, 2012:
    $230 for a 28 day pass? What a joke. Who is going to buy this? In order for you to even break even, you would need to ride 40 trips at the highest fare. I can't think of many people that would make 40 trips at $5.75 in a 28 day period, but even if there are some that do, the fact that it is only the break even point; what if you are sick, or there is a holiday, etc etc. This will benefit very few if any people and I am guessing the amount they will need to spend to update their systems to accommodate this pass will far surpass the amount of money they get from selling these passes. What a waste.

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