With Metro’s new fiscal year beginning this week, the balance on your SmarTrip card is getting a bit lighter. Included in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s fiscal 2015 budget are across-the-board fare hikes, affecting everything from day passes to bus rides to parking lots. The increases took effect Sunday.
Here’s a rundown of the new Metro rates:
- Fares will increase an average of three percent, or about 10 cents a trip.
- Short trips of 3 miles or less will increase from $1.70 to $1.75 during off-peak and from $2.10 to $2.15 during rush hour.
- The maximum fare during rush hours will increase from $5.75 to $5.90. The off-peak maximum will increase from $3.50 to $3.60.
- Using a paper fare card still comes with a $1 surcharge.
- Passes will increase to the following prices:
- Unlimited one-day pass $14.50
- Unlimited seven-day pass $59.25
- Unlimited 28-day pass $237.00
- Seven-day “short trip” pass $36.00
- Regular fares are now $1.75 for any form of payment. Previously, it cost $1.60 for SmarTrip card users and $1.80 when paying cash.
- Express buses are now $4, up from $3.65, and airport buses went from $6 to $7.
- Senior fares are 85 cents, up from 80 cents.
- Seven-day bus passes now cost $17.50, up from $16.
- Parking rates are now 10 cents more at all Metro-operated facilities.