Brace for Fare Hike Part 2, Metro Riders

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    The largest fare increase in Metro’s history went into effect last month.

    Get ready for phase two.

    The new "peak of the peak" fares take effect Aug. 1. 

    A 20-cent surcharge will be added to weekday trips taken between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    Elderly and disabled passengers who pay with Reduced Fare SmartTrip and Senior SmartTrip cards will see a 10-cent surcharge during the same peak travel periods.

    Also on Aug. 1, the cost of three Metrorail passes will increase:

    • The Weekly Short Trip Pass will be $32.35.
    • The Weekly Fast Pass will be $47.
    • The Transit Link Card for MARC and VRE riders will be $102.

    There is one way to save money when the fare adjustment kicks in: Metrorail customers who use a SmarTrip card instead of a paper fare card will save 25 cents per trip, like Metrobus users.

    Metro said the fare hikes are necessary to help close a $189 million budget gap for this fiscal year. The fare adjustments are expected to generate $108 million.