The fare for a local or limited stop Metrobus rider paying with a SmarTrip card goes from $1.50 to $1.60. There’s no change in the $3.65 SmarTrip fare for an express bus.
For those paying cash, the fare goes up a dime to $1.80 on the local and limited stop buses and from $3.85 on the expresses to $4.
Metrobus’s two airport routes, the 5A to Dulles International Airport and the B30 to Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, cost $6, with or without SmarTrip. (Metrobus drivers don’t carry cash. Exact change is required on all routes.)
The parking fee at Metro lots and garages will rise by 25 cents. If a short downtown commute with Rush Plus could be considered the sweet spot, then Shady Grove to the center of the District could be the sour spot. A commuter who parks at the garage then boards Metrorail early enough to avoid the peak-of-the-peak charge for a ride to Dupont Circle and leaves early enough to avoid it on the return will pay almost 12 percent more for a day of travel under the new fares — without seeing any of those Rush Plus trains. That commuter should get a bike and ride to the station. The annual charge for renting a bike locker drops from $200 to $120.
Seniors and people with disabilities who have discount cards will continue to pay half the peak fare on Metrorail and half the regular Metrobus fare. But because the peak fare is increasing, the discount fares will increase proportionately, up to a maximum of $2.85 on Metrorail.
Fares for the paratransit service remain capped at $7. But the amount that riders with disabilities pay is set at twice the amount for an equivalent trip on trains and buses, via the fastest route available. For many MetroAccess riders, their fares will increase simply because the train and bus fares will increase.
These types of passes will be available:
●A one-day pass for rail with no time restriction for $14.
●A seven-day pass for rail that can be added to SmarTrip cards. The cost rises from $47 to $57.50.
●A 28-day pass for rail that can be added to SmarTrip for $230.
●A seven-day pass available on paper Farecards. The cost rises from $32.35 to $35.
●A seven-day regional bus pass. The cost rises by a dollar to $16.
●A seven-day regional senior/disabled pass. The cost rises 50 cents to $8.