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.