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The Metro Board of Directors approved its fiscal year 2015 budget today, which, as expected, included fare hikes on buses, trains, and parking.
The fares go in effect July 1, 2014. Here it is, in dollars and cents:
- Fares will increase about 10 cents per trip, or by about 3 percent.
- Short trips of 3 miles or less will increase from $1.70 to $1.75 during off-peak hours and from $2.10 to 2.15 during rush hour.
- The maximum rail fare during rush hours will increase from $5.75 to $5.90. The off-peak maximum will increase from $3.50 to $3.60.
- A $1 charge will still be applied to trips taken with a paper farecard.
- Passes will increase to the following prices:
- Unlimited one-day pass $14.50
- Unlimited seven-day pass $59.25
- Unlimited 28-day pass $237.00
- Seven-day “short trip” pass $36.00
- Regular bus fares increase to $1.75, regardless of whether using cash or SmarTrip. Fares are currently $1.60 for SmarTrip and $1.80 when using cash.
- Senior and disabled fares will increase to 85 cents, from 80 cents today.
- Transfer discounts will remain the same.
- The seven-day regional bus pass will increase to $17.50, from $16.00 today.
- Parking rates at all Metro-operated facilities will increase by 10 cents.
- MetroAccess fares will continue to be two times the fastest rail or bus trip.
- The maximum MetroAccess fare will be lowered from $7 today to $6.50.