Cost of average Metro ride to increase this summer

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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s board of directors will likely rubber stamp a decision to increase the cost of an average Metro ride later this month. Hatchet File Photo
The cost of an average Metro ride will likely rise to $3 starting July 1.

The 10-cent increase will help fund capital projects for the city’s transportation system, part of a long-term plan to improve it by 2025, the Washington Post reported.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s finance committee unanimously approved a $1.14 billion spending plan for capital projects earlier this month. The organization’s board of directors will soon meet to finalize the vote.

This year, Metro plans to purchase more than 60 new rail cars, about 100 “low-floor” buses and 150 new vehicles for the MetroAccess Shuttle Service, which assists disabled users.

Metro will also start planning renovations for some of its most popular stations: Union Station, L’Enfant Plaza and Gallery Place – Chinatown.

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