Metro approves fare increase starting July 1 -

Metro approves fare increase starting July 1

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ST. LOUIS ( -- Some public transit riders will be paying more to get around this summer, after the Metro Board approved a fare increase on Friday.

The board's action does not affect base Metro rates, but will increase the prices of two-hour, weekly, monthly and semester passes beginning on July 1.

The price of two-hour passes will jump 25 cents to $3, while weekly passes will increase from $23.50 to $25. Monthly passes are set to rise from $68 to $72, and college semester passes will increase from $145 to $150.

John Nations, Metro president and CEO, said the fare hike is expected to generate nearly two million dollars in 2013. Metro officials said rising fuel costs, vehicle repairs and medical benefit expenses have strained the transit agency's budget.

Under Metro's extended plan, fares will rise by a small percentage every two years to address "growing capital and operating needs."

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