Transit Fares

5 days ago
Faced with the underwhelming performance of the newly opened UP Express, Toronto transit officials did something drastic: they slashed the cost of a ride.
May 17, 2016, 1pm PDT
A bus fare doesn't exist in a vacuum. To understand the true cost of a transit ride, one report compared bus fares to the local minimum wage, revealing Atlanta, Dallas, and Salt Lake City to have the highest fares.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 17, 2016, 9am PDT
The changes to DART's fare system will target improvements in the user experience for residents without bank accounts or enough cash to buy monthly passes—i.e., some of the people who need transit most.
The Dallas Morning News
April 23, 2016, 11am PDT
The new University of Colorado A-Line service opened as scheduled. Free rides were offered Friday and Saturday to thousands of happy children of all ages to enjoy the 23-mile, 37-minute trip from Union Station to Denver International Airport.
The Denver Post
March 30, 2016, 11am PDT
Boston is the latest of a growing number of cities that could end the use of cash to may for transit tickets. The change does not come without some concern for riders.
The Boston Globe
February 24, 2016, 2pm PST
Public hearings have begun for a proposal that would implement a flat fare system on the Port Authority of Allegheny County transit system.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 31, 2015, 1pm PST
Miller Lite is shifting from its normal lobbying expenditures in the nation's capital to pick up the tab on the ride home for those taking transit. Here's to getting home safely, tonight and every other night.
The Hill
November 23, 2015, 2pm PST
One idea for how to make transit better is rolling out in cities across the country: mobile payment of fares on smartphones.
Regina R. Clewlow
November 20, 2015, 11am PST
The Ventra app hits the streets—or the tracks, perhaps—this week. Steven Vance of Streetsblog Chicago has already tested the new tool.
May 22, 2015, 1pm PDT
Long one of the rosiest of transit services in the country, thanks to low fares and its status as progenitor of a streetcar renaissance of sorts, changes are coming to the Portland Streetcar.
Progressive Railroading
March 22, 2015, 5am PDT
The $2.50 subway fare is set to rise by a quarter, but will service improve? This New York Times article focuses on problems plaguing the 110-year-old New York subway (second oldest after Boston's), but fares are increasing for all MTA services.
The New York Times
January 23, 2015, 7am PST
The latest fare increase for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority comes against the backdrop of record ridership and a $15 billion funding gap for the system's five-year capital plan.
New York Times
November 13, 2014, 1pm PST
How much money goes unused in the form of spare change leftover on transit cards around the world? One invention would allow those fares to go to charity instead of washing away in the laundry or at the bottom of the dump.
Fast Co.Exist
October 19, 2014, 7am PDT
Mobile phones are doubling for tickets onto airplanes and into concerts all over the world. Why not commuter trains too?
Chicago Tribune
July 15, 2014, 12pm PDT
A proposal for a radical reinvention of the fare structure for the country's transit systems—one that balances the cost of transit with that of driving, generates more revenue from fares, and enables more capital investments.
June 6, 2014, 1pm PDT
While many transit agencies around the country have increased fares in recent months to deal with budget deficits, Atlanta's MARTA has reported good financial news and has even proposed a 2015 budget that expands rail service.
Atlanta Business Chronicle
April 10, 2014, 1pm PDT
Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles—all major cities that have mulled transit fare increases in recent months. Eric Jaffe examines the numbers behind the continuous need for transit agencies to raise the price of a fare.
Atlantic Cities
March 31, 2014, 12pm PDT
More than 500 “activists, students and low-wage workers” spent their Saturday at a public hearing at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority imploring the agency’s board not to raise fees.
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2014, 1pm PST
A move by Mexico City's mayor to raise fares for the city's run-down, but essential, subway system by 66 percent has sparked a protest movement.
Los Angeles Times
December 4, 2012, 8am PST
Transportation officials in the greater San Francisco area have been debating a proposal to provide free public transit for low-income youth. They are now considering the possibility of basing fares on income, rather than age or disability.
San Francisco Examiner