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Metrolink fares may increase

Board of Directors to consider rate hike on Friday

Posted: November 9, 2009 11:07 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Metrolink riders could face another fare hike as high as 6 percent in January if the transit agency's board approves a rate increase on Friday.

The Metrolink Board of Directors will vote on a rate hike that could drive up fares 3 to 6 percent. The fare increase is the second this year. Metrolink hiked fares by 3 percent in August to manage its operating costs.

"We have a budget shortfall," said Metrolink spokeswoman Angela Starr.

Metrolink has a $7.7 million budget deficit for fiscal year 2009-10 and will use the fare increases as part of its strategy to balance its books, she said.

"We're not going to cut our services. We looked at a myriad of things to do and this is where we are at," Starr said.

In addition to a possible fare increase, Metrolink could eliminate its price break on 10-trip ticket books. Those ticket books were priced below five round-trip tickets, but now the 10-trip booklet will equal the cost of five round-trip fares, she said.

Metrolink has already eliminated its December holiday season discount.

The Metrolink board meets at 10 a.m. Friday at 818 West Seventh Street in Los Angeles in the San Bernardino Conference Room on the 12th floor.


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