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Thursday, April 26, 2012 3:20 p.m.

WMATA approves Metro fare hikes

Foggy Bottom, GWU, metro

Metro rail riders will pay 5 percent more on fares starting July 1. Hatchet File Photo.

Metro riders will dole out more cash for rail and bus rides starting this summer.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority approved a 5 percent hike in rail travel and 10 cent increase for bus fares Thursday, as of July 1.

The minimum cost of a ride during peak commuting hours will increase to $2.10 from $1.95, with fares maxing out at $5.75 per ride.

For off-peak hours, riders will pay a minimum of $1.70, up from $1.60, to a maximum of $3.50.

The uptick is meant to help fill the deficit gap – a projected $103 million – in WMATA’s proposed 2013 fiscal year budget, according to The Washington Post.

Riders without a SmarTrip would have an additional 25 cents added to those fares, an effort that WMATA hopes will encourage more riders to use SmarTrips.

Bus fares for SmarTrip users would increase 10 cents to $1.60, with a 20-cent surcharge being added to riders not using SmarTrip. Parking at Metro locations would increase 25 cents.

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