BALTIMORE, MD (JUNE 30, 2017) – As required by the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) is required to increase transit fares by 10 cents for the single trip prior to July 1, 2017. The law passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2013 mandates that every two years, MDOT MTA must increase transit fares by increments of 10 cents based on the Consumer Price Index for CityLink, LocalLink, Express BusLink, Light RailLink, Metro SubwayLink and MobilityLink (Paratransit) if the Consumer Price Index increases in the previous two years.
The single-trip fare increased from $1.70 to $1.80 for CityLink, LocalLink,Light RailLink, and Metro SubwayLink. The percent increase in the single-trip fare is used to calculate the increase in MDOT MTA’s multi-use day, weekly and monthly passes. Click here for the details.
Even with the mandatory fare increase, the MDOT MTA’s CharmCard® is still the most affordable for monthly unlimited rides at $72 on MDOT MTA transit services based on a recent ValuePenguin survey of 10 urban centers. Second on the list was Washington, D.C., at $81 a month while the most expensive monthly passes were found in New York at $121 a month and Los Angeles at $122 a month.
The law mandates fare increases for Commuter Bus and MARC Train every five years. These fares are not increasing this year. To learn more about MDOT MTA, visit mta.maryland.gov, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mtamaryland and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland.