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New Metro Fares Take Effect July 1

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Tuesday June 15, 2010

Metro fares for regular riders will change effective July 1. However, there will be no change in discounted fares for seniors, students, disabled and Medicare recipients. Fares on the Metro Silver Line, the bus service connecting the San Gabriel Valley and South Bay, with stops in downtown Los Angeles, also will remain the same.

Even with the fare increase, Metro fares will remain among the lowest of any major transit agency in the nation. The regular cash fare will go up from $1.25 currently to $1.50 but that compares with a $2.25 base fare charged by transit agencies in New York, Chicago and San Diego.

As a result of expanding service and keeping the lid on fares for decades, Metro riders today only pay 26 percent of what it costs to operate Metro buses and trains. Under the new fare structure, the farebox recovery ratio will increase slightly to 28 percent.

Due to the deep economic recession, Metro had faced an historic $250 million operating deficit in the fiscal year starting July 1, 2010. Metro has been buffeted by a sharp drop in local transportation sales tax revenue and fare box revenue along with cuts in state transportation funding.

To balance the budget, more than 500 Metro jobs are being eliminated and there have been steep cuts in administrative overhead and other expenses. The fare change – only the third in the last 15 years – is necessary to bring in an estimated $24 million in additional revenue.

Attached is a complete list of the New Metro Fare Structure set to go into place on July 1.

 

 

 

 

New Metro Fare Structure

 

 

Regular

Current

As of 7/1/10

 

Cash

$1.25

$1.50

 

Token

$1.25

$1.50

 

Day Pass

$5.00

$6.00

 

Weekly

$17.00

$20.00

 

 

 

 

 

Month

$62.00

$75.00

 

EZ transit pass

$70.00

$84.00

Regular – Other

 

 

 

Cash Zone 1

$0.60

$0.70

 

Cash Zone 2

$1.20

$1.40

 

Monthly premium each zone

$18.00

$22.00

 

Owl/Late-Night/Off-Peak

$1.25

$1.50

 

Metro to Muni Transfer

$0.30

$0.35

Senior/Disabled/Medicare

 

 

 

Cash

$0.55

$0.55

 

Cash - Off-Peak (65+)

---0.25

$0.25

 

Zone 1

$0.30

$0.30

 

Zone 2

$0.60

$0.60

 

Day Pass

$1.80

$1.80

 

Monthly

$14.00

$14.00

 

EZ transit pass

$35.00

$35.00

 

___Monthly premium each zone

$9.50

$9.50

 

Metro to Muni Transfer

$0.10

$0.10

Students

 

 

 

K-12

$24.00

$24.00

 

College

$36.00

$36.00

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