Metro considers fare increase options

News-DemocratFebruary 17, 2014 

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Operations committee members of the Metro Transit system will take up the question of a fare increase Tuesday.

Metro's 30-year plan "calls for raising fares every two years," said Patti Beck, Bi-State Development Agency/Metro's director of communications.

The method allows the agency to accommodate increasing operations costs without "sudden and dramatic increases," Beck said.

"The good news is this is literally the first step," Beck said.

The agency already plans meetings with the public in March and April; one final option will go before the board of directors in May. The final change "could be any we're proposing tomorrow, and it could be something entirely different," Besk said.

The operations committee, made up of Metro's board of directors, will consider the three plans Tuesday. The committee is made up of six from the board of directors, with three representatives from Illinois and three from Missouri.

Any change to bus and train fares will not be implemented until July 1, 2014.

The 8 a.m. Tuesday meeting is open to the public at Metro Transit headquarters, 707 N First St. in St. Louis, just north of the Eads Bridge.

Contact reporter Mary Cooley at mcjones@bnd.com.

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