Just a few hours ago, I was downtown at the open house meeting about the new fare proposal. Sixteen people showed up today to share their thoughts and concerns about the proposed fares. That’s a decent turn out considering the poor attendance at some of our meetings in the past.
If you haven’t heard already, Capital Metro is proposing a new simplified fare structure that would increase some fares and passes, standardize MetroExpress and MetroRail fares and eliminate free fares.
The base fare of $1.00 would not change. As you can see below the new fares would be structured into three easy-to-understand categories: Regular (MertroBus, MetroRail – single zone) Premium (MetroExpress, MetroRail – all zones) and Reduced (half fare for those who qualify). Capital Metro is proposing this fare increase to improve the financial sustainability of the agency. Fares are a critical source of revenue, and increased fare revenue will allow the agency to grow and improve the system to meet future demands for transit service.
We estimate if these fares are approved by our board of directors it would generate $1.3 million. Our current budget was just approved a few weeks ago and that dollar amount was included BUT that doesn’t mean the fares are a done deal. The board is expected to vote on the fare proposal Wednesday, Nov. 10.
We are in the midst of a public outreach process to get input on the proposed fares from riders and the community. Often times, we make changes to our fare or service proposals based on community feedback.
So, we want to hear from you. Here are some more opportunities to let us know what you think:
Open House Meetings
Northwest – Milwood Public Library
Monday, Oct. 18, 6-8:00 p.m.
12500 Amherst Drive
Southeast – Ruiz Public Library
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 6-8:00 p.m.
1600 Grove Boulevard
Routes: 4, 20, 331, 350
Monday, Nov. 1, 5 p.m.
2910 E 5th St
Routes: 17, 300
Or, you can submit input by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the GO Line, 512.474.1200.