BALTIMORE — Effective June 23, transit fares in Maryland will increase due to legislative mandate.
Single-trip fares for Local Bus, Light RailLink, Metro SubwayLink, and Mobility Link service will increase from $1.80 to $1.90, and monthly fare passes will increase from $72 to $74, the Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transit Administration said in a release.
The increase is mandated by a 2013 law that says when two years of Consumer Price Index increases occur, MDOT MTA has to increase transit fares by a minimum of 10 cents or higher. CPI has grown 4.2 percent from 2017 to 2019, MDOT MTA said. The 10-cent increase represents a 5.26 percent increase in fares.
Commuter Bus and MARC train fares will remain the same for now, but those costs are set for review in 2020 as part of a preordained five-year cycle.
Passengers can now purchase their new tickets through MDOT MTA’s mobile ticketing app, CharmPass, which lets riders take advantage of a 90-minute window for free transfers among bus, light rail, and subway options.