Users of the Montgomery County transit system will pay a little more starting next month.  The county council has approved a new fare increase that will keep  Ride On fares in line with fares set by Metro.

The  changes set the cost of a regular bus trip at $1.75.

The Metro board recently approved fare increases for the regional transit system. Metrobus riders now pay $1.60 when using a SmarTrip card and $1.80 when paying cash. The board eliminated the cash surcharge and set a flat $1.75 fare for all riders. Metro’s new fares will go into effect June 29.

Ride On bus users also pay $1.60 with a SmarTrip and $1.80 in cash. The county’s transit agency pushed to adjust the bus fares to a flat $1.75, just like Metro.  Ride On’s new fares will go into effect July 1.

Other changes include increasing the SmarTrip fare of the Express Route 70 from $3.65 to $4  and raising by 15 cents the transfer fare from Metrorail to Ride On using a SmarTrip, to go from $1.10 to $1.25.