Public meetings set for this week on Metro fare increase

Bike and BusBi-State Development Agency/Metro will host three public information sessions this week and a public hearing next week about a proposed fare increase that would go into effect in July 2014.

Public Meetings

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014                                                                                                              Thursday, March 27, 2014

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.                                                                                                                     4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

St. Louis City Hall                                                                                                                             St. Louis County Government Center

1200 Market Street                                                                                                                           Second Floor

St. Louis, MO 63103                                                                                                                         41 South Central

Clayton, MO 63105

                       

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

East St. Louis City Hall

301 River Park Drive

East St. Louis, Illinois 62201

 

Public Hearing

 

                        Tuesday, April 1, 2014

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. –Formal presentation at 6 p.m.

Metro Headquarters

Board Room

707 North First Street

St. Louis, Missouri 63102

 

The general public is invited to attend one of these meetings to learn more about three fare increase options under consideration and to provide feedback. A fare increase is necessary to meet Metro transit’s fiscal year 2015 budgeted goal of a five percent increase in passenger revenue. All of these options would generate an additional $2.25 million in annual revenue. Based on public feedback, Metro will adopt one of the fare increase options or a modified version of the three options.

Option 1 increases MetroLink one-ride fare from $2.25 to $2.50 (+$0.25); weekly pass from $25 to $26 (+$1); monthly pass from $72 to $80 (+$8) and semester pass from $150 to $165 (+$15).

Option 2 increases MetroLink one-ride fare from $2.25 to $2.50 (+$0.25): weekly pass from $25 to $27 (+$2); monthly pass from $72 to $78 (+$6) and semester pass from $150 to $175 (+$25).

Option 3 would not change the MetroLink one-ride fare; weekly pass from $25 to $28 (+$3); monthly pass from $72 to $80 (+$8) and semester pass from $150 to $175 (+$25).

The public meetings will be offered in an open house format with no formal presentations made. Metro staff will be available to discuss the fare increase options. The public hearing will include a formal presentation that will begin at 6 p.m., with the remaining time available for public comment. Residents who are not able to attend one of the public meetings are urged to participant and provide feedback online at www.metrostlouis.org/FaresPasses/FareIncrease2014.aspx