Metro board approves fare hikes

6 p.m. Update: The board of directors unanimously adopted the increases.

Read the latest from Post staff writer Dana Hedgpeth.


(Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

Metro has held six public hearings on the increases, which are intended to help close a $103 million deficit in its $2.5 billion budget for fiscal 2013. The fare increases would be scheduled to take effect in July. The transit authority would also seek larger operating subsidies from the District, Maryland and Virginia.

Metro’s base peak fare for rail riders would increase from $1.95 to $2.10. The maximum peak fare would increase from $5 to $5.75. The base off-peak rail fare would increase from $1.60 to $1.70. The maximum off-peak fare would be $3.50. Bus fares would increase by a dime, rising to $1.60 for those who use SmarTrip cards. Parking fees at Metro lots and garages would rise by 25 cents.

Washington Post staff writer Dana Hedgpeth is live tweeting from Metro headquarters. Follow her coverage below or on Twitter @postmetrogirl.

Earlier:

Metro board scheduled to vote on fare hikes

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