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A fare hike proposal is on the agenda today (Tuesday) as Metro Transit officials invite public opinion regarding fare increases.
Metro says it needs the boost to cover increased costs including the jump in diesel fuel prices.
 
Three different options are being considered. The basic Metrolink cash fare would increase by a quarter in two of the three proposals. The fare for Metro buses does not increase in any of the plans.
 
Transit officials say the fare increases are needed to meet Metro’s goal of a five-percent increase in passenger revenue for 2015. Each option would generate $2.25-million dollars annually. Fares are set to increase this summer.
 
The first public meeting will be on the second floor at St. Louis City Hall today (Tuesday) between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m..
The second will be at the East St. Louis City Hall Wednesday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and the third will be in Clayton on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.  You can find more information at MetroStLouis.org.
 
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Metro is inviting the public to a series of meeting and hearings on a fare increase proposal that would take effect in July.
 
The meetings will be held between March 25-27 in St. Louis city, St. Louis county, and East St. Louis. Metro introduced three fare increase options that would all increase operating revenue more than $2 million next year. The public meetings will have an open house format with no formal presentations, while the hearing will have a formal presentation and a public comment session. 
 
Comments on the proposed fare increases can also be made by calling 314-982-1422 or email fareincrease2014@metrostlouis.org.
 
Public meetings:
Tuesday, March 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
St. Louis City Hall, 1200 Market St., St. Louis, Mo.
 
Wednesday, March 26, 4-6 p.m.
East St. Louis City Hall, 301 River Park Dr., East St. Louis, Ill.
 
Thursday, March 27, 4-6 p.m.
St. Louis County Government Center, second floor, 41 South Central, Clayton, Mo.
 
Public Hearing:
Tuesday, April 1, 5-7 p.m.
Metro Headquarters, 707 N. First St., St. Louis, Mo.
 
The three options for a fare increase are below:
 
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).

 

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).

 
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