The fare increase is mandated by a state law that requires the MTA to adjust transit fares every five years. New fares also will apply to the transit agency’s local bus, light rail, Metro subway and paratransit services in the greater Baltimore area.
For folks in Baltimore, a $1.60 single-trip fare for local bus, light rail and Metro subway will increase 10 cents to $1.70. Some special fares will also go up. For example, the school tickets will go up by 10 cents and paratransit fares by five cents.
If you take MARC’s Penn Line from BWI to Washington, the one way trip will increase to $7 from $6. A trip on the Camden Line from Baltimore to Washington will cost you $8 instead of $7. And if you go from Frederick to Rockville, your Brunswick Line fare will increase from the current $5 to $6.
For bus commuters the price varies. A cost of a monthly pass for folks traveling from Waldorf to the District, for example, will increase from $144.50 to $170, and someone going from the Mall at Columbia to the Silver Spring Metro station, a monthly pass will cost $136 — up from $119. This MTA chart provides new commuter bus rates, by zone:
Commuters should consult the MTA’s Web site for a complete list of fare changes.