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Metro Will Raise Fares July 1st

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Metro will hold a public meeting about the upcoming fare change on May 8th, but the agency has emphasized that it is not a hearing where decisions will be made. The fares are going up, whether you like it or not, they said yesterday.

"Transportation agency directors had approved this summer’s fare change three years ago as part of a two-step fare restructuring," a press release explained. "The first change was implemented in July 2007 but the second step, originally scheduled for July 2009, was delayed one year as mandated by passage of Measure R, a new local transportation sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in November 2008."

Regular fares will go from $1.25 to $1.50; day passes $5 to $6; weekly $17 to $20; monthly $62 to $75; and EZ transit passes $70 to $84. The only riders safe from the change are those who receive discounted fares for being a senior, student, disabled and Medicare recipient.

The May 8th "update" meeting will take place at 10 a.m. in the third floor Board room at Metro headquarters.