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Maryland Transit Administration announces state-mandated fare hikes


Fares for rides along the Maryland Transit Administration's (MTA) lines are slated to increase June 25, officials from the agency said earlier this week.

Light-rail and subway fares will increase 10 cents to $1.70, while fares on the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train will go up $1.

The increases are mandated by the state's Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, MTA officials said in a statement. The law requires that MTA adjust fares for "core services," including light-rail and subway routes, every two years.

This adjustment is based on two-year increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rounded to the nearest dime.

Under that law, the agency also must adjust fares for MARC trains every five years, MTA officials said. That modification is based on a five-year change in the CPI, rounded to the nearest dollar.

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