More Change: Schedule of New Fares for Metro

Changes begin July 1.

Metro fares increase. (Patch file photo.)
Metro fares increase. (Patch file photo.)

The Metro Board of Directors has approved an operating budget that includes fare changes for Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess starting in July.

From the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, here is a summary of fare changes that will take effect July 1, 2014:


  • Fares will increase an average of 3% (about 10 cents per trip).  Short trips of 3 miles or less will increase from $1.70 to $1.75 during off-peak and from $2.10 to $2.15 during rush hour.
  • The maximum rail fare during rush hours will increase to $5.90, from $5.75 today.  The off-peak maximum will increase from $3.50 to $3.60.
  • A $1 surcharge will continue to be applied for trips taken with a paper farecard.
  • Passes will increase to the following prices:
    • Unlimited one-day pass  $14.50
    • Unlimited 7-day pass  $59.25
    • Unlimited 28-day pass   $237.00
    • 7-day "short trip" pass  $36.00


  • Regular bus fares will become $1.75, regardless of whether using cash or SmarTrip. Today, fares are $1.60 for SmarTrip and $1.80 cash.
  • Senior/disabled fares will increase to 85 cents, from 80 cents today.
  • There are no changes to existing transfer discounts.
  • The 7-Day regional bus pass will increase to $17.50, from $16.00 today.


  • Parking rates will increase by 10 cents at all Metro-operated facilites.  
  • At selected stations in Prince Georges County, parking rates will increase an addition 50 cents (total of 60 cents).


  • MetroAccess fares will continue to be 2x the fastest rail or bus trip.
  • The maximum MetroAccess fare will be lowered from $7 today to $6.50.

Again, these new fares will take effect July 1, 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact Metro Customer Service at (202) 637-7000.

John Strother March 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM
$1.00 surcharge for using the paper fare card purchased at the gate, you got to be kidding me. The metro has lied about not seeking funds to complete the rail. Va has done many taxes that is suppose to fund this rail and still loses money on it.
Kim McCoy March 28, 2014 at 03:40 PM
...and while you will be paying more to ride the metro, you get the added benefit of a 30% increase in snatch-and-grab robberies! I'm so glad Virginia was forced to spend all of our tax dollars on a metro expansion for people from Maryland and the District to come over here and take Virginia jobs while also being able to snatch a new phone or bicycle on their way back to where ever they came from!
Liz March 29, 2014 at 08:32 AM
What a shame that metro doesn't increase the quality of their service at the same rate as they increase their fares.


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