WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)-- If Metro fares are driving you crazy, get ready for some more heartburn. Starting Sunday, June 29 prices are going to increase whether you take the trains, bus, MetroAccess or use Metro parking facilities.
Metro says these fare changes are necessary in order to fund existing and future projects to make the system safer and more reliable.
Here is a rundown of the fare increases:
- Fares will increase an average of 3% (about 10 cents per trip). Short trips of 3 miles or less will increase from $1.70 to $1.75 during off-peak and from $2.10 to $2.15 during rush hour.
- The maximum rail fare during rush hours will increase to $5.90, from $5.75 today. The off-peak maximum will increase from $3.50 to $3.60.
- A $1 surcharge will continue to be applied for trips taken with a paper farecard.
- Passes will increase to the following prices:
- Unlimited one-day pass $14.50
- Unlimited 7-day pass $59.25
- Unlimited 28-day pass $237.00
- 7-day "short trip" pass $36.00
- Regular bus fares will become $1.75, regardless of whether using cash or SmarTrip. Today, fares are $1.60 for SmarTrip and $1.80 cash.
- Express bus fares will increase from $3.65 to $4.00.
- Senior/disabled fares will increase to 85 cents, from 80 cents today.
- There are no changes to existing transfer discounts.
- The 7-Day regional bus pass will increase to $17.50, from $16.00 today.
- Parking rates will increase by 10 cents at all Metro-operated facilities.
- Parking rates will increase an addition 50 cents (total of 60 cents) for Metro-operated facilities in Prince Georges County - except at Landover, Addison Rd and Prince George's Plaza stations
- MetroAccess fares will continue to be 2x the fastest rail or bus trip.
- The maximum MetroAccess fare will be lowered from $7 today to $6.50.