Starting next week, a single-trip fare for the bus, subway and light rail will be $1.90 while a single-ride ticket for the Mobility bus will be $2.10, according to the MTA. The monthly pass will also see a $2 spike in cost, to a new price of $74.
The transit fare increase is legislatively mandated by the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013. It requires transit fares to go up every two years in accordance to any increase with the consumer price index, which measures inflation. The state law also instructs the MTA to round the fare increases to the nearest 10 cents.
Commuter bus and MARC train fares will not be affected as of right now, but the transit services are scheduled for a review and fare raise next year, in accordance with the same state law.
“MTA fares remain among the lowest of top transit agencies across the United States,” the MTA commented in its press release, “MTA’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service.”