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August 2, 2014

Transit Fares Going Up in Several Systems

Summer is a time for fare increases at some of the nation’s urban and suburban transit systems.

On Sunday the Washington-area Metro system increased its fares, while Boston, St. Louis, and Brevard County, Fla. are increasing their fares on Tuesday.

In the nation’s capitol, the increase which took effect Sunday increases the cost of travel an average of 3 percent, or about 10 cents per trip, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Trips of 3 miles or less on the Metro subway system increased from $1.70 to $1.75 during off-peak and from $2.10 to $2.15 during rush hour. The maximum fare during rush hours increased to $5.90, from $5.75.

On the Metrobus system, regular bus fares went to $1.75, a 15 cent increase for SmarTrip card users but a 5 cent cut for bus travelers who use cash.

Elsewhere:

  • In Boston, bus fare will go to $1.60 and subway fare to $2.10, a 10-cent increase for each.
  • In Saint Louis the cost of the one-ride fare on the MetroLink rail system will increase from $2.25 to $2.50.
  • In Brevard County, Florida, the Space Coast Area Transit system is increasing its bus fare from $1.25 to $1.50 per ride.

Transit managers say the fare increases are necessary to keep their systems functioning.

For example in St. Louis, John Nations, the Bi-State Development Agency President & CEO, said, “The fare increase will generate approximately $2.25 million dollars in passenger revenue for Fiscal Year 2015, which is money essential to sustain current transit operations.”

Passenger revenue supports only 22 percent of the cost of the St. Louis system. The rest is paid by the taxpayer. The system pointed to higher costs for fuel, vehicle parts, and medical benefits as factors increasing the system’s operating costs.

  • Chris

    Here in DC, metro keeps raising fares, but the “service” is still crap. I’ve had 3 delays going home in the past 5 days. One big problem with public transportation is that a lot of us have to take a bus to and from the metro station. So if metro is 5 minutes behind schedule, I miss my bus and my delay is not 5 minutes, but 30. Unfortunately, metro couldn’t care less about riders’ complaints. Monopolies are like that, I guess.

  • YONATAN C

    The Republican Party has failed the three million unemployed families STILL WITHOUT an extension of benefits, since late last December. Over the past six months, the Republican senate has held the extension bill “hostage” in the senate, for political leverage, and party agenda. They have sentenced these families to financial ruin and deep poverty, which many may not recover from. While they fought tooth & nail for the Koch Brother’s oil pipeline bill to be passed, they totally ignored these struggling families. The Republicans have shown a total lack of compassion, and common decency towards the disadvantaged in our country. The new face of their party is Senator John Boehner. This is a man that has rejected every idea and every bill that would benefit average Americans. Billions of dollars have been approved for the Ukraine, while the extension bill is still not passed to help these families. It’s appalling.

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