Ride On may match Metro fare hikes

County executive recommended a 25 cent increase

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. - Fare hikes could be on the horizon for public transit in Montgomery County.
 
County Executive Ike Leggett is recommending that Ride On fees be raised to match Metrobus.
 
This year, Metro boosted its fares by 25 cents to buses' express and regular trips. These changes will take effect in July.
 
This means regular Ride On routes could cost two dollars if adopted.
 
The bus system operates 335 county-owned and operated buses, providing nearly 30 million trips per year.
 
"[As] the costs of operating the system continue to rise, we understand very clearly that there is a risk analysis we go through in terms of how far we you go raising the fares,” said Leggett.
 
The Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee will review the changes on April 27.
 
Council action will take place in May.

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