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March 10, 2014 | 2 Comments

Public Meeting Dates Announced for Proposed Metro Fare Increase

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We will hold three public information sessions and a public hearing about a proposed fare increase that would go into effect in July 2014.

Metro customers can also provide feedback online about three fare increase options.

Public Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, March 25, 2014                           Thursday, March 27, 2014

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.                                   4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

St. Louis City Hall                                           St. Louis County Government Center

1200 Market Street                                        41 South Central, Second Floor

St. Louis, MO 63103                                      Clayton, MO 63105                  

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

East St. Louis City Hall

301 River Park Drive

East St. Louis, IL 62201

Public Hearing Schedule

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. –Formal presentation at 6 p.m.

Metro Headquarters

Board Room

707 North First Street

St. Louis, MO 63102

We invite our customers and the general public to attend one of these meetings to learn more about three fare increase options under consideration and to provide us with their feedback. A fare increase is necessary to meet Metro Transit’s fiscal year 2015 budgeted goal of a 5 percent increase in passenger revenue. All of these options would generate an additional $2.25 million in annual revenue.

Based on public feedback, Metro will adopt one of the fare increase options or a modified version of the three options.

Option 1 increases MetroLink one-ride fare from $2.25 to $2.50 (+$0.25); weekly pass from $25 to $26 (+$1); monthly pass from $72 to $80 (+$8) and semester pass from $150 to $165 (+$15).

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Option 2 increases MetroLink one-ride fare from $2.25 to $2.50 (+$0.25): weekly pass from $25 to $27 (+$2); monthly pass from $72 to $78 (+$6) and semester pass from $150 to $175 (+$25).

Option 3 would not change the MetroLink one-ride fare; weekly pass from $25 to $28 (+$3); monthly pass from $72 to $80 (+$8) and semester pass from $150 to $175 (+$25).

Click here for more details on transit fare increase.

The public meetings will be offered in an open house format with no formal presentations made. Our staff will be available to discuss the fare increase options. The public hearing will include a formal presentation that will begin at 6 p.m., with the remaining time available for public comment.

Metro customers who are not able to attend one of the public meetings are urged to participate via our online survey. They may also comment on the proposed fare increase options by calling 314-982-1422, by email to FareIncrease2014@metrostlouis.org, or by mail to:

Bi-State Development Agency

Attn: Planning – Fare Increase 2014

707 North 1st Street

St. Louis, MO  63102

Public comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Our agency’s fiscal year 2015 operating budget is 3.6 % higher than it was in 2014 because of increases in the price of services and products like diesel fuel. All of our revenue sources, including local sales taxes and passenger revenue, must grow to continue to sustain our current service level.

Regular and modest fare increases are important to the long-term health of our transit system. Fare increases of about five percent approximately every two years are essential to continue the implementation of Moving Transit Forward, our region’s long-range plan for transit service operations, enhancement and capital investment.                                   

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