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.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/metro_fares_to_increase_july_1/5470
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