Tri-rail prices increasing 25 percent
The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority will raise all Tri-Rail fares by 25 percent beginning on Monday, June 1, 2009. This marks the first fare increase for the commuter rail system since 1995. The South Florida region’s other transportation providers, Broward County Transit, Miami-Dade Transit and Palm Tran, have all increased their fares within the past year.
The Tri-Rail fare increase was necessary due to anticipated funding shortfalls at the state and local levels, and because of the need to bring the percentage of operations costs, covered by ticket revenue, more in-line with the national average of 25 percent. Tri-Rail currently recovers approximately 18 percent of the operations budget through fares. Even with the price increase, Tri-Rail’s fares continue to be among the lowest in the nation.
Effective June 1, the price of a monthly ticket will be $100, up from the current fare of $80. Members of the Employer Discount Program will pay $75 for an EDP Monthly Ticket, up from the current fare of $60. The price of a full-fare, Roundtrip Ticket to ride the entire length of the system will be $11.55, up from the current fare of $9.25. Weekend fares, which entitle passengers to ride all day for one flat fee, will be $5, up from the current fare of $4, with the discounted weekend fare being $2.50, up from the current fare of $2.
Monthly tickets purchased in May for travel in June will be sold at the increased prices and in accordance with the new fare structure. Half-price discounts are still in effect for students, senior citizens 65 and older, persons with disabilities and Medicare card holders. For complete fare information, log onto www.tri-rail.com and access the “New Fares Effective June 1” banner on the Home Page or call Customer Service at 1-800-TRI-RAIL (874-7245).
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