Commuters and DC area residents may have to pay more to get around starting June 25th. Frequent metro riders also should note new service schedules.Next month Metrobus and Metrorail fares will be increasing, while certain changes to service will be taking effect. WMATA has announced that on June 25 the fare increases ranging from 10 to 25 cents and adjustments to Metrorail system hours designed to provide an extra eight hours of rail access to improve service reliability and safety will be implemented. Among the services changes, there will be fewer trains running during rush hour and certain low ridership bus routes will no longer be in service. The Board of Directors approved the adjustments during the early part of the year; they are an effort to close budget gaps as well as to make time for the improvement of reliability and safety by preventative maintenance. Metro plans to send out email alerts as well as cell phone texts and social media announcements. Signage will also be posted in rail stations and bus stops in the next few weeks so that customers are properly informed.
The changes to service schedules, routes and fares include the following: Metrorail Fare increases: Most of Metrorail’s passengers’ fares will increase by 10-25 cents; the monthly Select Pass will still be the most valuable option for customers who ride frequently. There also will be a new one-day rail and bus pass that can be purchased for $14.75 and is unlimited all day. Metrobus Fare increases: Metrobus fares will now be $2, up 25 cents from the current $1.75 fares, but will remain among the cheapest fares in the nation. Rider concerns have prompted Metro to keep available the seven-day bus pass, which is priced at $17.50, so that price increases can be avoided by frequent riders. Express bus fares meanwhile will have increased to $4.25 from $4, while Airport bus routes B30 and 5A will be $7.50, up from $7. MetroAccess fares will remain the same. Daily parking rates will change at all Metro stations and facilities. Metrorail’s new service schedule will be: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Friday: 5:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Saturday: 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Some Metrobus routes will have adjusted extra routes to provide service in key corridors that no longer have late-night or early weekend rail service. Changes to Rail Service: During weekday rush periods, the rail service schedule is as follows: Trains will depart endpoints every 8 minutes on each line. At stations served by more than one line, trains will arrive every 3-4 minutes. There will be additional Red Line service between Grosvenor and Silver Spring with trains arriving every 4 minutes between those stations. Blue line service will become more frequent, trains are currently scheduled every 12 minutes. Yellow Line Rush+ will no longer be in service. All Yellow Line trains will run between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square during weekday rush periods During non-rush hour, the yellow line trains will run between Huntington and Fort Totten. Off-peak service will remain the same. Changes to Bus Service and Routes: Routes that will run on a new schedule or have added or discontinued trips include D.C. routes 30N, 30S, 42, 43, 52, 54, 64, 70, 80, 90, 92, 96, A2, A6, A8, D8, E4, E6, G2, G8, H4, H8, L2, N2, N4, N6, S1, S2, S4, S9, W4, and X2. Maryland routes that will be effected include the 89, B30, C4, C11, C13, C21, C22, C26, F4, F13, H11, H12, H13, J2, J5, K6, P12, P17, P18, P19, Q1, Q4, T2, W13, W14, W19, Y2, Y7, Y8, and Z7. Changes to Virginia buses will effect the 1A, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2T, 5A, 7W, 7X, 10A, 10N, 13Y, 15K, 15L, 16B, 16E, 16J, 16P, 16Y, 17A, 17B, 17F, 17M, 18P, 18R, 18S, 23B, 28A, 28X, 38B, and REX routes. Visit wmata.com/changes for more info.