Metro's Finance Committee Approves Fare Hike

Fare increases could begin on July 1

By Megan McGrath and Katie Roberts
|  Friday, Apr 13, 2012  |  Updated 8:51 AM EDT
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News4's Megan Mcgrath discusses a proposed Metro fare hike.

Megan Mcgrath

News4's Megan Mcgrath discusses a proposed Metro fare hike.

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Another Metro fare hike is likely to occur in the coming months.

Metro’s finance committee took the first steps in approving a fare increase that could kick in on July 1.

The fare hike comes at an interesting time for Metro, as it has just released a new survey to the public. The transit agency is asking for feedback from riders in exchange for the chance to win a free SmarTrip card.

The changes could increase peak Metro fares by 5.7%. However, Metro would eliminate peak-of-the-peak surcharges. There would be an additional $1.00 surcharge for non-SmarTrip card users. Metro would also increase bus fares by $0.10.

Metro is also considering multi-ride unlimited fast passes in day, week, or monthly increments.
Full approval for the fare increase could come at the end of April.

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