Metro rate hike kicks in July 1

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- Metro Riders now know it's official. A rate hike will happen starting July 1st.

After several public hearings and proposals the Metro Board approved its 2015 budget Thursday to include the fare hike.

"I'm dissatisfied with the decision. It's not equitable at this time. My average commute is $15 a day. $5 to go , $5 to park and $5 to return it's excessive," Peggy Sheldon said.

Here's the breakdown:

+ .10 rail ~ $6 more/monthly

+ .10 parking = $5.10/day

+ .15 Bus fare = $1.75 flat rate))

"I don't like it very much. I spend a lot on metro a week. I must spend $10 a day. It adds up quick. Okay 10 cents, 10 cents doesn't sound like a lot but it's a lot of my yearly budget," Priscilla Hume said.

"If it's going toward a good cause it's okay. 10 cents is not too big of a deal because I'm only going from Foggy Bottom to Metro Center but I can see how it could affect other people going a long distance," Nicollete Fernandez added.

"If it's going to improve things. I'll pay to keep myself and my family safe on the train and there are no accidents, " Christopher White said.

Not all riders will see an increase. Metro Access Riders will actually see a decrease.

They pay a maximum $7 but under the new rate it will go down 50 cents, capped at $6.50.

Bus Cash fares go from $1.80 to $1.75, which brings it to the same rate for everyone across the board.

"It's a targeted relief for the people paying the highest rate," Heidi Case, Accessibility Advisory Committee said.

But there's one more thing:

Most riders who park in Prince George's County will see a whopping 60 cent increase

This will bring them on par with everyone else at $5.10 a day. The exceptions are: Addison Road, Landover, and Prince George's Plaza

The increase is projected to generate 30 million dollars in revenue.


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