Summary of Metro Fare Changes and Increase Effective July 1, 2014

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“The Metro Board of Directors today approved an FY15 operating budget that includes modest fare changes for Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess starting in July. The budget advances the Metro’s strategic plan and includes funding to provide safer, better, and more service, all while continuing safety improvements, the rebuilding of the Metro system, increasing capacity, and improving the effectiveness of the current rail and bus networks.

Here is a summary of fare changes that will take effect July 1, 2014:


Fares will increase an average of 3% (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:
Unlimited one-day pass $14.50
Unlimited 7-day pass $59.25
Unlimited 28-day pass $237.00
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.

Again, these new fares will take effect July 1, 2014.”

4 Comment

  • Is there any rationale for dropping the surcharge for using cash on the bus? It seems like a stupid decision.

    • That’s my only complaint about this too. Should be an incentive not to pay cash on the bus.

    • I think the rationale was that it disproportionately affects the poorest transit riders. They’re less likely to have smart trip cards.

      I also know that, while I think we need to incentivize not paying cash, if you don’t use metro, only using smart trip on buses can be a pain because recharging them on the bus is a pain (if the box is even working) and not possible if you don’t remember your account number (I’ve had my smart trip card/online account for 12 years), don’t have a home computer, or don’t have a credit card. Plus, it slows down the bus.

      • You know what’s a pain on the bus? People who are first or second in a line of 10 people waiting to get on the bus and are shoving 20 nickels into the coin slot 1 by 1 because they don’t have a SmarTrip card. Most people recharging cards on the bus know to stand to the side and wait until the bus starts moving again to go to the fare box and do the transaction.

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