Following months of deliberation and public engagement, the Metropolitan Council voted Wednesday to raise regular route bus and rail fares throughout the region, including Metro Transit service, by 25 cents and Metro Mobility fares by 50 cents, effective October 1, 2017.
The Council also voted to make permanent the Transit Assistance Program (TAP) that provides a discounted fare of $1.00 per ride at all times to qualifying low-income riders. A number of other adjustments were also approved.
It is the first time transit fares have been raised in the Twin Cities region since late 2008.
In 2016, ridership was 96.3 million rides. On an average weekday, ridership is more than 250,000 rides. Research shows 80 percent of riders are going to work or school.
“This was not an easy vote, but one that was necessary to strengthen the future of transit in our region,” said Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck. “Transit connects hundreds of thousands Minnesotans with jobs, school, and with their communities. This is the first fare adjustment we have made in nearly a decade. I do recognize that some low-income individuals who are dependent on transit may not be able to afford an increase at all. Therefore, I’m pleased that the Council was able to mitigate the impact of a fare increase on low-come income people, by making permanent the Transit Assistance Program.”
> Get details about fares and pass prices starting Oct. 1
> View the Metropolitan Council’s full news release