New Fare Proposal

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
Route: 240

Southeast – Ruiz Public Library
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 6-8:00 p.m.
1600 Grove Boulevard
Routes: 4, 20, 331, 350

Online Meetings
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 12-1:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 21, 6-7:00 p.m.

Public Hearing
Capital Metro
Monday, Nov. 1, 5 p.m.
2910 E 5th St
Routes: 17, 300

Or, you can submit input by emailing feedback@capmetro.org or calling the GO Line, 512.474.1200.

9 thoughts on “New Fare Proposal

  1. N Crowther

    I am in favor of the new fare structure. As a wheelchair user however, I find reaching the farebox difficult and having to reach to swipe a pass impossible. PLEASE make the disability fare cards so that you can charge them up and the fare is deducted when you place your card on the farebox.

    Also, from the fare revenues–I would like to see that the increased revenue goes toward sidewalks and accessibility at bus stops.

  2. Bob

    First, my opinion is to keep the red line fare stat, put the difference to effective wifi service.

    Second, be careful not to be passive / aggressive. (e.g. Don’t limit feedback to only meetings which people can’t attend and don’t issue paper surveys without envelopes that are difficult to return). Offer additional avenues of feedback. Your riders, particularly those who are taking time to respond to your blogs, have a vested interest in your continued success.

  3. chrysrobyn

    Good luck with the new fares.

    With current transfer times, it’s not worth my riding when it’s free, let alone $64. I hope it works for some people, and I’m very glad (and jealous) they have the choice.

  4. stasya

    Your proposal for elimination of free fares is tremendously disappointing and disturbing. Capmetro is the only plausible choice of transportation to students, especially those that do not have the means to live near the university or to afford the business of driving to and parking on campus. While jobs are hard to come by (and many students do not have time to hold one anyway) and tuition increases, as if it wasn’t expensive to begin with, “free” services like bus transport makes a world of difference. By doing this you will be limiting severely the experience and opportunities for students, while also hurting the community, as these same people and their counterparts will be even more isolated from the city. This will prove to be a major inconvenience, whereas before, it was a considerable plus for the university system in Austin.

      1. stasya

        the thing is, while the current fare plan mentions free fare for students, the new one does not, instead stating that there will be no free fare.

      2. Adam

        Students 18 and younger pay a discounted fare in the current fare plan: http://capmetro.org/riding/fares_2.asp
        and will continue to pay a discounted fare in the new proposal. But as Erica said, if you’re a UT or full-time ACC student, you ride free (UT and ACC pay us from your student fees) now and will continue to do so.

  5. vindobonensis

    Thanks for the effort to simplify fares.

    How exactly would the “regular” 31-day passes work for single zone rail rides? Would the pass be marked as valid within a particular zone (e.g. Downtown-Kramer)? Or could someone ride in one zone on one day, and the other zone on the next day, as long as a zone boundary is not crossed?

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