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Metro Talks Fare Increase for Bus, Rail

Increase would include rail, bus and parking fares

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    The D.C. Metro Board met Thursday to discuss potential fare increases. Metro says the money will go towards improvements on the railway and increasing wages for its employees. Transportation reporter Adam Tuss has the story. (Published Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013)

    WMATA riders -- both on rail and bus -- may have to start paying more for their rides starting next year.

    Officials discuss fare increases every two years to keep up with inflation. The following fare increases could begin in July 2014:

    • Metro bus: 0.15 cents (currently $1.75)
    • Metro rail: 0.10 cents (increasing by 3 percent)
    • Parking: .25 cents

    The fare hike would generate $30 million more per year for the transit agency, News4's Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss said.

    Metro says it expects the new round of fare increases to have a low impact on ridership.

    But the plan is not final.

    The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on fare hikes The board would ultimately have to approve the plan.