Capital Metro Fares to Increase January 18

Today the Capital Metro Board approved a fare increase that will take effect Monday, January 18. Local bus fare will increase to $1.00, pending further action by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). In accordance with SB 1263 of the 81st Texas Legislature, CAMPO can veto the single-ride base bus fare within 60 days from today. Seniors and riders with disabilities will continue to ride Capital Metro for free with a Capital Metro-issued ID Card.  See the full slate of new fares behind the cut.

Capital Metro Fares

Today the Capital Metro Board approved a fare increase that will take effect Monday, January 18. Local bus fare will increase to $1.00, pending further action by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). In accordance with SB 1263 of the 81st Texas Legislature, CAMPO can veto the single-ride base bus fare within 60 days from today. Seniors and riders with disabilities will continue to ride Capital Metro for free with a Capital Metro-issued Disability Fare Card.  See the full slate of new fares behind the cut.

Capital Metro Fares

Service Current Fares Fares effective Jan. 18, 2010
Local Bus Single Ride Adult $0.75 $1.00*
Local Bus Single Ride Reduced $0.35 $0.50*
Local Metro Day Pass $1.50 $2.00
Express Bus Single Ride Adult $1.50 $2.50
Express Bus Single Ride Reduced $0.75 $1.25
Express Bus Day Pass $3.00 $5.00
MetroRail – 1 zone $1.00 $2.00
MetroRail – 2 zones $1.50 $3.00
MetroRail-Day Pass Adult $3.00 $6.00
MetroAccess Single Ride fare (for info only) $0.70 $1.20
Seniors, Medicare and persons with disabilities Free** Free**
Multi-Ride Passes
Local Bus – 31-day Metro Pass $18.00 $28.00
Local Bus – 31-day Reduced Metro Pass $9.00 $14.00
Local Bus – 7-day Metro Pass $7.00 $8.00
Express Bus 31-day Pass $36.00 $63.00
Express Bus 31-day Reduced Pass $18.00 $31.50
Stored Value Card ($15 Value Stored) $12.00 $12.00
MetroAccess-Monthly Pass $35.00
MetroAccess 10-Ride Booklets $7.00 $12.00
MetroRail 31-day Pass $36.00 $70.00
RideShare – In Service Area $45.00 $60.00
RideShare – Out of Service Area $45.00+ mileage $60.00+ mileage

*The single-ride bus fare is subject to veto by CAMPO before Jan. 4.

**To receive the free fares, persons must have a valid Capital metro issued ID, which is valid for two years and costs $5. Seniors are defined as persons 65 and over.

14 thoughts on “Capital Metro Fares to Increase January 18

  1. David

    So they increased the MetroRail price? Really?

    Price increase for something that has never actually carried paying passengers yet?

  2. logsatm04

    This is completely pathetic. You can’t even open the rail within 18 months of the original schedule, but you’re doubling the monthly fare?

    Does anyone know how to run a smart, effective business at Cap Metro?

  3. Clay

    Just. Plain. Dumb. Do you [Capital Metro] really believe that demand for your services is inelastic enough to support your wild fare increases? I’m with Chris – good luck and I look forward to laughing at your demise.

  4. Jman

    Ouch, I think it was a dumb move to make the monthly rail pass cost more than the monthly express bus pass. Most people can probably wait an extra 5 minutes on the 45minute express bus commute to save $7 per month.

    These fair increases will probably lose a lot of those “choice” riders. You know, the ones that have a car but save a little bit of money by riding the bus.

  5. DisgruntledCommuter

    Comparisons:

    1 Month w/comprehensive passenger rail, buses, and streetcars in Portland: $86

    Price One Zone $75.00 Two Zone $90.00 Three Zone $110.00 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania . . . up to three zones offered, also with FUNCTIONING rail. 25 miles of rail throughout THE CITY, not just to a suburb, and not just twice a day, Monday through Friday.

    $89/month, unlimited travel on Inner Express Bus PLUS all Subway, Local Bus, Inner Harbor Ferry, and Commuter Rail Zone 1A, in Boston, Massachusetts, arguably one of THE best places for public transportation.

    And Austin has the b*lls to charge comparable fares for laughable, crappy, late, inconvenient buses? Congratulations Capital Metro . . . you’ve made yourself an even BIGGER laughing stock. Did not Austin just receive recognition as some kind of “green” city. So much for that. I hope that when Capital Metro is finally dissolved smart, worthwhile transit decisions can finally be made.

  6. Dumping the bus not the pump

    For 3+ years I’ve taken the express bus on a daily basis. I could live with the previously approved rate increase for the 31 day express pass, but a 75% increase, REALLY???? Instead of dumping the pump, I’m dumping Capital Metro and their buses for the more cost effective, less green choice of single passenger commuting each and every day. Thanks again CapMetro for scr*wing your loyal riders, yourself, and your planet.

  7. Don Dickson

    I’ll be the first to agree that from a public relations standpoint, CM has only itself to blame for a lot of the kvetching here and elsewhere.

    Still, the complaining leaves me scratching my head to some degree. I don’t know what it is that makes Austin’s residents think they should pay less than the rest of the world pays for public transit. I didn’t see anything “comparable” between CM’s new fares and those of Portland or Boston. Ours are still cheaper. And I’ve never been to Portland, but I can tell you that Boston’s buses are at least as prone to lateness as ours. There are days when that entire city is completely gridlocked.

    The next commenter after that threatened to return to the “cost effective but less green” alternative of driving himself or herself to work. I think you’d be hard-pressed to drive yourself to work for less than $63/month for an express bus pass or $28/month for a regular pass.

    Is it the world’s greatest transit system? No, certainly not, but it’s better than a whole lot of them. Is it one of the least expensive transit systems, even after the fare increase? Yep, it is. Even after the fare increase.

    But when you do stupid stuff like doubling the fare on a train that has yet to run a single revenue mile….yeah, people are going to laugh at you, I suppose. 🙂

    1. DisgruntledCommuter

      You’re right Don, Austin’s not comparable. It has NOTHING on places like Boston and Portland, but it sure does like to compare itself to such places and pretend its a real player on the scene. Austin doesn’t offer the services of a Portland or Boston. And that’s my point. Not only are Boston and Portland’s train services actually functioning, they also offer more comprehensive bus routes. For example, if you miss bus A there’s usually a bus B, C, or even D which can at least get you in the same vicinity as your destination. Or that can get you to the train station (because Boston and Portland have REAL light rail), and then get you on your way. What Austin has is a shoddy, inconsistent, inconvenient bus company. Capital Metro is not a genuine transit authority . . . and never will be if it continues on the same path it’s on.

    2. Don, your rebuttal makes the typical mistake of throwing in depreciation into the cost of driving (if you’re using the cost calculators at places like Cap Metro). Which is, of course, nonsense – if you already own a car, driving it to work 5 days a week versus leaving it in the driveway makes nearly zero difference in the value of the car in the long-run (or other fixed costs like insurance, which still, even today, offers very little savings to infrequent drivers).

      It’s a symptom of CM’s failure to connect with choice commuters that they (and some of their riders) keep making this argument. In other cities, rail providers know they must beat the car on reliability and speed, not just cost, because you’re not really going to come close to winning on ‘cost’ for most people (even most downtown employees don’t pay much to park, among other problems).

  8. DisgruntledCommuter

    Hey Don . . . my point is that Boston and Portland and Austin are all charging around the same amounts . . . but they offer MORE SERVICES and have trains that actually RUN! Get it? And I never had problems with buses in Boston. Also, there were always VARIOUS routes which could get you to the same places, whereas here in Austin if you miss one bus, good luck trying to find another way to get where you’re going, because you’ll be waiting anywhere from 30-45 minutes, or even an hour, on some routes. Capital Metro is a joke. Pure and simple.

  9. ten year commuter

    wow. first, there were little/no announcements for a public meeting regarding price increase. then last night, a bus just flat out passes me at the stop, me: stuck in the rain. next bus to anywhere near where i needed to be another 45 min added to the 25 already waited. in a car: fifteen minutes-max. all of the money spent on a rail system too complex for even cap metro to wrap their heads around could of, should of been spent on more busses to more places. CLEANER BUSSES. i’d love to say that the fare increase would keep the stinking homeless and drunks off the busses but pretty soon, they will be the target clientele. everyday i see these things. and never a change. the only thing that keeps me on the system is the few drivers who still recognize me as a customer who WANTS to ride their bus and treat me like a human being. every now and then finding a clean seat, a bus not too hot or too cold, smells nice, a driver that doesn’t slam on the breaks at every stop or whim, you know a quite sort of ride that gets you where you want to go. i get these fewer than ever now.

  10. Robin

    I’ve traveled all over the US.

    And people praising this city’s ‘transit system’ and the ‘work ethic’ of the agency never actually lived in a city with a comprehensive and functional transit system.

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