Metro bus and rail fares, plus parking fees to rise; maximum fare on MetroAccess will drop

Here is a summary of the Metro fare changes that will take effect next Sunday. To calculate the exact fare for your trip, use the Trip Planner guide on Metro’s Web site at www.wmata.com, and enter a date of June 29 or later.

Metrorail

Fares will increase an average of 3 percent (about 10 cents per trip). Trips of three miles or less will increase to $1.75 from $1.70 during off-peak hours and to $2.15 from $2.10 during rush hour.

The maximum rail fare will increase to $5.90 from $5.75. The off-peak maximum will increase to $3.60 from $3.50.

People with disabilities, people 65 and older and riders with a Medicare card and valid photo ID ride for half the peak fare if they have a reduced fare SmarTrip card or farecard.

A $1 surcharge will continue for use of paper farecards.

Passes will increase to these prices: unlimited one-day pass, $14.50; unlimited seven-day pass, $59.25; unlimited 28-day pass, $237; seven-day “short trip” pass, $36.

Metrobus

Regular bus fares will be $1.75, regardless of payment method. Fares currently are $1.60 for SmarTrip and $1.80 for cash users.

Fares for seniors and people with disabilities increase to 85 cents from 80 cents.

Existing transfer discounts do not change.

Express bus fares will increase to $4 from $3.65.

The seven-day regional bus pass will increase to $17.50 from $16.

Parking

Parking rates will increase by 10 cents at all Metro-operated lots and garages.

Rates will increase an additional 50 cents (total of 60 cents) in Prince George’s County — except at the Landover, Addison Road and Prince George’s Plaza stations.

MetroAccess

MetroAccess fares will continue to be two times the fare for the fastest rail or bus trip. The maximum MetroAccess fare will be lowered to $6.50 from $7.

— Robert Thomson

Source: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

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