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Metro’s Second Fare Hike to Start Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, the cost of three Metrorail passes will increase.  Metro will also enact a new 20¢ fee during peak-of-the-peak periods (weekdays 7:30 – 9 a.m. and 4:30 – 6 p.m., based on the starting time of the trip).

Metrorail Passes Price effective Aug. 1
Weekly Short Trip Pass $32.35
Weekly Fast Pass $47
Transit Link Card $102

There is one way to save money when the fare adjustment kicks in: Metrorail customers who use a SmarTrip card instead of a paper fare card will save 25 cents per trip, like Metrobus users.

Elderly and disabled passengers who pay with Reduced Fare SmartTrip and Senior SmartTrip cards will see a 10-cent surcharge during the same peak travel periods.

Metro said the fare hikes are necessary to help close a $189 million budget gap for this fiscal year. The fare adjustments are expected to generate $108 million. The largest fare increase in Metro’s history went into effect last month.

[Source: WMATA, NBC Washington]
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1 Comment to “Metro’s Second Fare Hike to Start Tomorrow”

  1. By MetroSucks, August 2, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

    Metro can kiss my ass.

    This “budget gap” is fraudulent. Evidence? Let’s see them close the gap and then lower the fares.

    Not going to happen? I didn’t think so.