New Metro Fares to Take Effect Sunday

by ARLnow.com June 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm 3,266 9 Comments

The cost of riding Metrorail and Metrobus is going up, starting Sunday (July 1).

Off-peak rail fares are increasing from $1.60-$2.75, depending on the length of your trip, to $1.70-$3.50. Peak fares are increasing from $1.95-$5.20 to $2.10-$5.75.

In order to encourage riders to utilize SmartTrip cards, there will also be new a $1 surcharge for riders using paper fare cards.

Metrobus fares are increasing from $1.50 to $1.60 for SmartTrip users, and from $1.70 to $1.80 for riders using cash.

As part of the changes, WMATA is eliminating its 20 cent “peak-of-the-peak” Metrorail surcharge. More information, including the fares for seniors and people with disabilities, is available on the Metro website.

Arlington Transit (ART) bus fares, meanwhile, will remain $1.50 for adults and $0.75 for seniors, people with disabilities, and teens with student ID. Due to the Metro fare increases, however, ART will be imposing a 5 to 10 cent transfer fee for those transferring to Metrobus.

  • John Fontain

    Compared to property values, we have among the lowest metro rates in the country!


    • outoftowner

      I would hardly guess that there are >600,000 property owners in the area that ride metro everyday, however.

      • WeiQiang

        Indeed. Some drive.

        • malaka

          some bike

  • cyclist

    Does the price they charge you for Metro ever go down, you know like gas prices lately?

  • Suburban Not Urban

    So how much do they spend on paper fare cards?

    • Suburban Not Urban

      Was anyone else aware that the paper fare card charge was coming? I did a search on ARLNOW for metro fare paper fare and got only one hit – this article.

      • The Bible

        God knew.

      • 5555624

        Dr Gridlock has mentioned it a few times in The Washington Post. I thought they already had something like 10 cent surcharge, but people ignored it.


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