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April 24, 2007
Transit remains a good value
DART Board approves fare increase effective October 1
DART's Board of Directors has approved the agency's first fare increase since 2003. The changes are expected to generate nearly $7 million in additional annual revenue, which will be used to support the agency's growing bus and rail network. The changes take effect October 1.
The base local fare - which includes all local bus, DART Rail and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) service in Dallas and Irving - will rise to $1.50 from the current $1.25. The premium fare, which includes all bus, DART Rail and TRE service, increases to $2.50 from $2.25. Paratransit service for customers with mobility problems will increase to $2.75 from $2.50. Certified Paratransit customers will continue riding buses and trains for free. The reduced fare for senior citizens and students will increase to 75 cents from 50 cents.
Local Day Passes will increase to $3 from $2.50 and Premium Day Passes will increase from $4.50 to $5. The Reduced Day Pass will increase from $1 to $1.50.
Monthly and Weekly Pass price changes
One of best transportation values anywhere is the monthly pass, which gives customers unlimited access to DART's bus and rail network. The Local Monthly Pass will increase to $50 from $40 and the Premium increases to $80 from $70. The Reduced Monthly Pass increases from $15 to $25. A new feature is the Weekly Pass, where customers can purchase seven days worth of DART service for just $15 for the Local and $25 for the Premium.
Employer pass program changes
DART's employer pass programs will see price increases tied to the consumer price index (CPI). This change helps DART and its corporate customers budget for annual increases.
Changes in the employer pass plan are scheduled to go into effect January 2008.
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