Do you have an opinion about Metro’s proposed fare increase?

Metro’s proposed fare increase will be highlighted at three public information sessions starting tonight. There are three options on the table. eAch would provide an approximate 5 percent increase in passenger revenue.
THREE OPTIONS INCLUDE:
• an increase in weekly, monthly, and semester pass prices
• increase in the 2-hour pass (includes a transfer), weekly, monthly and semester pass prices
• increase in all fare prices

The cost of operating the Metro Transit system is constantly rising because of increases in costs such as fuel, vehicle parts, and medical benefit expenses.

Options 1 and 2 maintain the current $2 (MetroBus), $2.25 (MetroLink) and $4 (Metro Call-A-Ride) cash fares without any change. Reduced cash fares for eligible seniors, children and customers with disabilities would also remain the same.

Option 1 would increase the prices of Metro passes to more accurately reflect the number of boardings made using these passes. Monthly passes would increase from $68 to $75 ($34 to $37.50 for reduced fare); weekly passes would increase from $23.50 to $26; and the college semester pass from $145 to $155.

Option 2 also retains the current cash fare but would increase the price of the 2-hour pass/transfer from $2.75 to $3 (reduced fare would increase from $1.35 to $1.50.) Option 2 would preserve a greater discount rate for the weekly, monthly, and semester passes than Option 1 would do. Option 2 would increase weekly passes from $23.50 to $25; monthly passes would increase from $68 to $72 ($34 to $36 for reduced fare); and the college semester pass would increase from $145 to $150.

Option 3 would implement a 5 percent across the board fare increase for all fares, including cash fares, passes and Metro Call-A-Ride fares.

Do you have an opinion on the fare increase?  Make sure you attend one of the public hearings below or email FareIncrease2012@metrostlouis.org, or by regular mail:

Metro, Attn: Planning – Fare Increase 2012
707 North 1st Street
St. Louis, MO 63102 

Comments will be accepted until Friday, April 27, 2012. It is anticipated that the fare increase will go into effect in July 2012.

Public Meeting Schedule

Monday, April 16, 2012
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
East St. Louis City Hall
Rotunda (1st Floor)
301 River Park Drive
East St. Louis, Illinois 62201

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
St. Louis City Hall
Rotunda (1st Floor)
1200 Market Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63103

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
St. Louis County Government Center
Second Floor
41 South Central
Clayton, Missouri 63105

Public Hearing
Thursday, April 19, 2012
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Formal presentation at 6 p.m.)
Metro Headquarters
Board Room
707 North First Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63102