Metro board to vote on fare hike, Silver Line station names

      It may soon cost you more to take a ride on Metro buses and trains.

      The Metro board is expected to approve a five percent fare hike that will take effect July 1.

      Bus fares would increase by a dime, rising to $1.60 for those who use SmarTrip cards. Bus riders who pay cash would face a 20-cent surcharge. Parking fees at Metro lots and garages would also rise by 25 cents.

      However, the proposal to add a peak-of-the-peak surcharge, which would require riders to $5.75, will be eliminated.

      Metro will start offering an unlimited 28-day pass for $230.

      Metro officials hope to use revenue from the fee increases to help close a budget gap of about $100 million for the next fiscal year.

      The board will also vote on names for the new Silver Line stations in Fairfax County.

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