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Metro Fare Hikes, Service Cuts Kick in Sunday

Fare hikes, route adjustments and schedule changes start June 25



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    As Metro's aggressive, yearlong maintenance plan comes to an end, riders will start to see changes to the transit agency's fares, schedules and routes.

    Starting Sunday, the cost of most trips on Metrorail will increase by 10 to 25 cents. Fares will depend on where riders are traveling and whether they are on the train during peak hours. 

    Metrobus fares also are on the rise. Bus riders can expect to see a 25 cent hike, raising the current fare to $2. Airport bus fees will see an even greater increase, with fares going up 50 cents per ride.

    And it’s not just travel rates that are changing. Parking fees will also be adjusted. See how much parking at each station costs here.

    The increase in fares and other service changes come at the hands of a budget shortfall for Metro. The transit agency has consistently been working to find funds to continue its program of sweeping improvements, including new cars and cleanlier stations.

    Sunday's changes also includes adjustments to Metro operating hours. Trains will continue to begin service at 5 a.m. on weekdays, but stations will close at 11:30 p.m. On Friday and Saturday nights, Metro trains will run until 1 a.m.

    Additional bus routes will help provide service to areas that will no longer have access to early morning or late-night train services. Some bus stations will also see a significant change in their schedule. You can find out whether your bus route has been affected here.

    Riders may also find themselves waiting a bit longer for trains to arrive.

    Currently, trains depart from endpoints every 6 minutes during rush periods. Starting Sunday, trains will leave every 8 minutes instead, with trains arriving at stations with more than one line every 3 to 4 minutes.

    Yellow Rush+ services will be discontinued on Sundays. But if you’re a Blue Line rider, the changes are good news for your commute -- trains will be coming a bit more frequently. 

    All of these changes are being introduced just as Metro wraps up SafeTrack Sunday.