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]