Legislatively Mandated Transit Fare Increase Goes into Effect Sunday, June 25

Single-Trip Fares to Increase by 10 Cents on Local Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway and Mobility/Paratransit

BALTIMORE, MD (MAY 11, 2017) – As required by the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will increase transit fares effective Sunday, June 25. The legislatively mandated increase will occur prior to the July 1, 2017, deadline for implementing the new fares as required by the Maryland General Assembly.

As mandated in the 2013 law, if the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increases in the previous two years, MDOT MTA is required to increase transit fares by increments of 10 cents for Local Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway and Mobility/Paratransit.  Fare increases for Commuter Bus and MARC Train occur every five years.  These fares are not increasing this year.

Effective June 25, the single-trip fare will increase from $1.70 to $1.80 for Local Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway and Mobility/Paratransit.  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.

MDOT MTA was recently rated as having America’s best bargain in urban travel. In a ValuePenguin survey of 10 urban centers, the MDOT MTA’s CharmCard® proved the best value for monthly unlimited rides on MDOT MTA transit services. Even after mandatory fare increases occur, MDOT MTA will still have the most affordable monthly fare. 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.

MDOT MTA is one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States operating Local and Commuter buses, Light Rail, Metro Subway, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train service, and a comprehensive Paratransit (Mobility) system. MTA also manages the Taxi Access system and directs funding and statewide assistance to Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) in each of Maryland’s 23 counties, Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City. MDOT is a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent and exceptional transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities. MTA’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service. To learn more, visit mdot.maryland.gov or mta.maryland.gov, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mtamaryland and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland.

Media Contacts: 
Sandy Arnette                          Paul Shepard
Office: 410-767-8367                Office: 410-767-3935
Cell: 443-835-7984                   Cell: 443-622-4181
sarnette@mta.maryland.gov     pshepard@mta.maryland.gov

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