Metro charges rush-hour fares to riders who enter the system before 9:30 a.m. or between 3 and 7 p.m. on weekdays.
2. Off-hour rail fares
Outside of rush hour, including on weekends and federal holidays, rail fares rise 25 cents per trip starting Sunday.
The minimum off-peak fare rises to $2, and the maximum fare outside of rush hour rises to $3.85.
There is no change to any of the rates added to the base fares based on the distance between the start and end stations. So the differences in the fare to different stations will remain the same.
3. Parking fees
Generally, daily parking fees at Metro garages will rise by 10 cents starting Monday.
In Montgomery County, new parking rates range from $4.45 to $5.20. In Prince George’s County, rates range from $4.70 to $5.20, depending on the station.
In Virginia, Metro’s parking rate rises from the previous $4.85 to $4.95.
In the District, Metro is experimenting with lowering the parking rate at Anacostia by 15 cents to $4.45, while raising the rates at the Minnesota Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue stations by 35 cents to $4.95. As with garages elsewhere in the system, the rate at Deanwood will increase by 10 cents to $4.70.
There are no changes to fees for reserved parking or meters, nor additional charges at some stations for people who park but don’t take the train.
(There is also no change to the rental rate for a Metro bike locker — $120 per year.)
The weekly bus pass will remain $17.50, providing a savings for the first time for even riders who only take 10 trips per week. On express buses, riders with the weekly regional bus pass only pay the fare difference between the two buses ($2).
For example, to cover trips up to $2.25, a rider would pay $81 per month, or to cover trips up to $3.75, a rider would pay $135 per month.
For any fares over the amount covered by the pass, riders only pay the difference. In addition, SelectPass users can add unlimited regular bus trips for $54 per month.
Riders who take the bus to and from the train for longer trips once in a while could consider the new $14.75 one-day combined rail and bus pass (a 25-cent increase over the previous one-day rail-only pass). The pass will save riders who are taking two rush-hour trips that will cost the maximum $6 fare plus two or more bus rides during the day.
Other pass options include the $38.50 seven-day short-trip rail pass (valid for trips that cost up to $3.85) and the $60 seven-day fast pass (valid for unlimited rail trips of any price for seven consecutive days).
The cost of adding unlimited Metro rides to monthly TransitLink Card passes for MARC and VRE increases by $3 to $114.