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Proposed Fare Change 2012

Learn About the Proposed Fare Change and Give Metro Your Feedback

Metro is asking the public to provide their feedback on a potential fare increase  The options being considered include:

  1. Increase in weekly, monthly and semester pass prices 
  2. Increase in 2-hour pass (includes transfer), weekly, monthly and semester pass prices
  3. Increase in all fare media prices

Metro’s Board of Commissioners will approve the amount and timing of the fare change after considering public comment.

If you were unable to attend the fare change public hearing or an information session, you still have an opportunity to learn more about the proposed change and give your comments to Metro.  The information below is the same material presented at the information sessions and provides details about the different fare increase options and background on the financial necessity of the fare change, comparisons to peer transit systems, Metro's operating budget, and other aspects of the Metro Transit system.

After considering this information, you may submit a comment on the proposed fare change by:

    • Phone: 314-335-3433                       
    • Mail:    Metro, Attn: Fare Increase, 707 N. 1st Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
    • Email:      

All comments must be received by Friday, April 27, 2012 

Fare Increase Options

Fare Increase Options

Why does Metro need to increase fares?

Passenger revenue is a critical source of funding for the Metro transit system, and today it supports 22% of the cost to provide transit service. The balance of the service is supported by local sales taxes and other forms of grants and assistance.

The cost of operating the Metro transit system is continually rising because of increases in costs such as fuel, vehicle parts and medical benefit expenses. Periodic fare increases were included as a key component of the region’s long range transit plan, Moving Transit Forward. The plan calls for raising fares by a small percentage approximately every two years to address the transit system’s growing operating needs, while avoiding sudden dramatic fare increases. The fare increase will help financially support the existing transit system and preserve plans for service enhancements.

Each fare option presented here will provide for an approximate 5% increase in passenger revenue. Together with other revenue sources, this increase is sufficient to fund the transit system’s nearly $250 million operating budget.

Why are there 3 options for consideration?

Metro is offering the community the opportunity to comment on three different options for adjusting fares.

Options 1 and 2 maintain the current $2.00 (MetroBus), $2.25 (MetroLink) and $4.00 (Call-A-Ride) cash fares without any change. Reduced cash fares for eligible seniors, children and customers with disabilities would also remain the same.

Option 1 would increase the prices of Metro passes to more accurately reflect the number of boardings made using these passes. Monthly passes would increase from $68 to $75 ($34 to $37.50 for reduced fare); weekly passes would increase from $23.50 to $26; and the college semester pass from $145 to $155.

Option 2 also retains the current cash fare but increases the price of the two-hour pass/transfer from $2.75 to $3.00 (reduced fare would increase from $1.35 to $1.50). Option 2 preserves a greater discount rate for the weekly, monthly and semester passes than Option 1. Option 2 would increase weekly passes from $23.50 to $25.00; monthly passes would increase from $68.00 to $72.00 ($34 to $36 for reduced-fare); and the college semester pass from $145 to $150.

Option 3 presents a fare increase of approximately 5% across all fare media, including the cash fare, passes and Call-A-Ride fare.

Presentation Boards and Fare Change Brochure

Click on the following links to access PDF versions of the fare change brochure and presentation boards used at the public information sessions.