The changes ahead for Metro riders

Friday, May 28, 2010


-- Peak period boarding charge (less than three miles) rises from $1.65 to $1.95

-- Peak-of-the-peak pricing of an additional 20 cents a trip between the hours of 7:30 and 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m.

-- For the first time, rail customers who use cash will pay more. Metro wants to encourage use of SmarTrip cards.


-- The bus boarding charge will increase from $1.25 to $1.50 for SmarTrip users and from $1.35 to $1.70 for cash customers.

-- SmarTrip boarding charge on express buses rises from $3 to $3.65; for cash customers, $3.85.


-- Fare increase to twice the equivalent fixed-route fare, up to a maximum per trip of $7.

-- Additional surcharges of $2, $3, $4 or $5, for each of four successive zones that define longer trips.

Other changes

-- Reserved parking fees will increase from $55 to $65 a month. Other parking fees will not change.

-- Annual fee for renting a bicycle locker will increase from $70 to $200.

-- Time limit for rail-to-bus transfers will decrease from three to two hours.

* Base fares do not reflect a 10-cent surcharge implemented Feb. 28.

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