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5/6/2005



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Metrolink to raise fares because of rising fuel costs



This week, Metrolink held a series of public hearings to outline its fare increase plan, which, if approved by the board, would take effect July 1.

The California commuter-rail agency has proposed increasing fares between 4.5 percent and 9.5 percent to offset fuel costs, which have risen 30 percent during the past year. In fiscal-year 2006, Metrolink officials estimate fuel expenses will increase $1.7 million.

Agency officials previously approved a plan to begin restructuring the fare policy next year. Metrolink will base all fares on the driving distance between stations rather than a the current zone-based system. The plan will be implemented during the next 10 years.



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