Bus and train fares on the rise

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On October 1, bus and train fares will increase by 25 cents throughout the region. This includes all service operated by Metro Transit, the Metropolitan Council, Maple Grove Transit, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, Plymouth Metrolink and SouthWest Transit. Metro Mobility fare will increase by 50 cents. Pass prices will change accordingly. The 10 percent discount currently offered with stored value purchases will be eliminated.

The Metropolitan Council also voted to make permanent the Transit Assistance Program (TAP) that provides a discounted fare of $1 per ride at all times to qualifying low-income riders.

The Council announced the fare hikes this summer after months of deliberation, public engagement and protests by public transit advocates. Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck said in a released statement that voting to raise bus and train fare “was not an easy vote, but one that was necessary to strengthen the future of transit in our region.” He acknowledged that fare hikes will impact low-income commuters and pointed to TAP as a way to ease their burden.

For pass prices and other details related to the fare increase, visit https://www.metrotransit.org/fare-increase

 

—Information provided by the Metropolitan Council