In September 2013, Capital Metro announced that its Board of Directors voted to increase the base local fare for service from $1 to $1.25. Well, that increase officially goes into effect on January 11, 2015 — and it doesn't just change single ride prices.
All Capital Metro users, including reduced fare and MetroAccess riders, should expect to see higher rates beginning next month. Even though the new rates may sting, the agency notes that the cost of Capital Metro fares are still below the state average for Texas transit agencies. Since it launched in 1985, Cap Metro has only implemented fare increases two other times, once in 2008 and again in 2010.
In 2013, Capital Metro Board chairman and mayoral hopeful Mike Martinez spoke about the fare increases saying, "Developing a fully-transparent timeline for fare increases allows everyone to be prepared for changes, and keeps Capital Metro sustainable as we deal with the very real challenges of serving an expanding population."
Local service — Bus routes including 1-99, 200-490 and UT Shuttles
Single rides on local service routes will increase to $1.25 for regular fares and $.60 for reduced fare riders. Day passes will be priced at $2.50 or $1.25 for reduced fare.
Seven-day passes will be available for $11.25 and 30-day passes will be priced at $41.25.
Premium service — MetroRapid and Flyer Routes 100-199
Single ride tickets will increase to $1.75 for regular fare riders, and $.85 for reduced fare riders. Day passes increase to $3.50 for regular fare and $1.75 for reduced fare riders.
Seven-day passes increase to $16.75 and 31-day passes will now be available for $62.
Commuter services — MetroRail and MetroExpress Routes 900-999
Single passes will be $3.50 for regular fares and $1.75 for reduced riders. Day passes will now be priced at $5.50 for regular fares and $3.50 for reduced riders.
For a full list of fare changes, head to the Capital Metro website.