Metro continues to discuss increasing its fares over a period of time while adjusting other prices as a means to counter an operations deficit in coming years. Metro is currently advancing two proposalsthat have different rates of increase for the base fare. However, both proposals would allow for free transfers within 90 minutes of paying the base fare. While fare increases are never popular, they are necessary to keep existing transit service afloat. In any case, each proposal might actually lead to a decrease in travel expenditures for some travelers. Human Transit also gives insight into the advantages and shortcomings of the two proposals.
In the meantime, Metro must also contend with the immediate problem of fare cheats, especially on the Orange Line busway. Metro estimates that as much as a fourth of all Orange Line riders do not pay their way. Admittedly, at least part of the problem stems from riders not tapping their TAP cards at stations upon entering boarding platforms. At least one rider believes that Metro Liner operators should allow only those with valid fares to board, as though one was boarding a typical Metro Bus.