First MetroLink Rate Hike in 2 Years Passes

Brad Choat (@choatsnews)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Metro Transit’s governing board has decided to raise the fare for MetroLink train travel by $.25 per ride, making a one-way ticket cost $2.50 come July 1.

The system’s chief operating officer, Ray Friem says the $2 fare for Metro bus rides won’t be changing.

“History would indicate it should be put at around $2.20, but it actually costs a lot of money to collect that extra $.20, so we’ve decided to hold the fare on that this time around,” he says.

Metro figures indicate the new train fare will generate $2.25 million in extra revenue for fuel, parts and employee benefits.

It’s the first MetroLink fare increase in two years.

“We’ve adopted this process of small, regular fare increases for the purpose of maintaining the system at its current levels,” Friem says.

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