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Metro Fares Increase By 10 Cents Starting Feb. 28th

by Prince Of Petworth February 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm 5 Comments

Metro hallway
Photo by PoPville flickr user ewilfong

From a WMATA press release:

“Additional fare changes likely this summer

Fares on Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess will increase 10 cents, effective Sunday, February 28, through June 26. In addition, fares for senior citizens and people with disabilities will go up five cents and the cost of passes also will increase to help close a shortfall in Metro’s current operating budget.”

Metrorail regular fare changes
• The base boarding charge will increase from $1.65 to $1.75;
• Maximum fare on the rail system will increase from $4.50 to $4.60; and
• Metrorail fares for senior citizens and people with disabilities will increase from 80 to 85 cents.

Metrorail reduced fare changes
• The charge for the first seven miles of travel during off-peak periods will increase from $1.35 to $1.45;
• The charge for travel between seven and 10 miles during off-peak periods will increase from $1.85 to $1.95; and
• The charge for travel over 10 miles during off-peak periods will increase from $2.35 to $2.45.

Continues after the jump.

Metrobus fare changes
• The Metrobus cash boarding charge will increase from $1.35 to $1.45, and the SmarTrip® boarding charge will increase from $1.25 to $1.35;
• The Metrobus express service cash boarding charge will increase from $3.10 to $3.20, and the SmarTrip® boarding charge will increase from $3 to $3.10;
• Metrobus fares for senior citizens and people with disabilities will increase from 60 to 65 cents.

MetroAccess fare changes
• The MetroAccess fare will increase from $2.50 to $2.60.

Changes to Metrorail passes
• The Metrorail One Day Pass will increase from to $7.80 to $8.30;
• The Metrorail Seven-Day Short Trip Pass will increase from $26.40 to $27.90;
• The Metrorail Seven-Day Fast Pass will increase from $39 to $40.50;
• DC Student 10-trip fare cards will increase from $8 to $8.50; and
• The Metrorail Transit Link Card (MARC and VRE) will increase from $80 to $84.

Changes to Metrobus passes
• The Metrobus Weekly Flash Pass will increase from $11 to $12;
• Adult tokens (10-pack) will increase from $13.50 to $14.50;
• DC student tokens (10-pack) will increase from $6.25 to $6.75;
• The weekly Senior Flash Pass will increase from $6 to $6.60; and
• The weekly Disabled Flash Pass will increase from $6 to $6.60.

  • kidincredible

    Okay, so part of the major budgetary issue with MetroAccess is that by federal law, they are unable to charge more than 2x the comparable fare. This is well below the cost to make that trip.

    So why did MetroAccess fares only increase by .10? It would seem like every little but would help and they have the legal right to raise it by .20 (since the comparable fare went up by .10 and 2x that)

  • ogden

    What happens after June 26? Do the fares go back down, or do they increase even more?

  • I like it! Getting less for more! It’s the WMATA way!

  • DCster

    kidincredible – I think this was just keeping a uniform increase to deal with the budget shortfall for whichever fiscal year is ending. MetroAccess fares might go up more later in the year in order to deal with the next fiscal year’s shortfall. I agree with what you’re getting at – WMATA is losing money by being generous with MetroAccess service, which has been dealing with increased ridership.

  • jb

    so were getting less reliable and less safe transportation for a bigger fee? we’d be crazy NOT to go for that

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