Proposed fare hike could net $30M for Metro

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Metro riders need to prepare to shell out more for your trip.

Metro's finance committee is discussing a proposed 3 percent rail fare hike. That is roughly 10 cents more per trip, $1.50 more per week and $6 more per month. During peak hours for a trip from West Falls Church to Metro Center, it comes out to roughly $56 more per year on top of an annual fee of $1,896.

The rail fare hike will most likely be approved by the end of the month. But what still needs to be hashed out is the bus fares. Some in the committee want to increase the $1.60 rate by 15 cents for Smart Trip card users. But they want a 20 cent surcharge for customers who pay with cash.

There's some contention here because cash users already pay more at $1.80. Some argue that's an incentive to get the Smart Trip card while the general manager admits it doesn't really change people's minds.

The rate hike won't happen until the summer. It would generate $30 million in revenue.


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