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Metro fares to increase

Meeting will update rail extension

Cynthia E. Griffin | 8/28/2014, midnight

Beginning Sept. 15, fares will increase on Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) busses and trains.

The base cash fare per ride will increase from $1.50 to $1.75 for regular riders and vocational/college students; and to 75 cents for seniors age 62 and older during peak hours (off-peak the fare will increase to 35 cents.) Fares will remain $1 for pupils in grades K-12.

Transfers from Metro busses to other municipal lines will now be 50 cents for all riders except seniors, who will pay 25 cents.

The pass prices will jump to $7 for one day ($2.50 for seniors); $25 for the seven-day pass; and $100 for the 30-day pass. The senior fare jumps to $20; vocational/college to $43; and K-12 pupils to $24.

The price of a bag of tokens increases to $17.50.

Additionally, for the first time a two-hour period of free transfers on Metro’s bus and rail system will be available to those using a stored value TAP (Transit Access Pass) card to pay for the base fare.

Individuals who do not qualify for Metro’s low-income reductions for seniors, students and the disabled may be eligible for discounts through a Rider Relief program operated by First A.M.E. Church.

The relief program is an income-based option and offers a $10 per month coupon for regular riders who can use the discount on one weekly pass or the monthly. Seniors, the disabled, youth in K-12 and college/vocational students receive a $6 per month reduction.

Individuals can visit the FAME web site at www.famecorporations.org, click on programs and rider relief to find out the income guidelines. You can also hit the apply button to find out where to complete and submit an application.

In other transit news, Metro will work on Blue Line train stations in Long Beach on Saturday, Sept. 20. The work will require a 30-day closure of four Metro Blue Line stations in Long Beach: the Downtown Long Beach, Pacific Street, First Street and Fifth Street stations. But Metro will operate free bus shuttles in place of rail service in the Long Beach Loop duing the closure.