Metro released two options for raising fares across its system over the next seven years. With the Measure R restrictions on increasing student and elderly fares approaching their end and TAP technology now in use, Metro is more than ready to completely revamp the way it charges riders for its services. One option would raise the base fare from the current $1.50 to $1.75 in September 2014, to $2 in 2018 and to $2.25 in 2021. The second option would keep the base fare at $1.50 during off-peak hours and raise the fare to $2.25 during peak hours for three years; both fares would be raised again to $2 in off-peak hours and $3.25 in peak hours.
In both cases, Metro would replace Metro-only monthly passes in 2018 with EZ transit passes that allow users to access multiple bus systems. Also, the base fare would allow for unlimited travel within 90 minutes of starting a trip. The seemingly high price for base fares is the standard in nearly all large cities, and most provide a fixed amount of time for unlimited travel with a base fare. Naturally, not everyone is happy with the proposition. Metro will hold a public hearing on March 29, and the Metro Board may decide on the matter on May 22.