AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Capital Metro board voted unanimously Monday to eliminate the premium category from their fare structure, taking effect Jan. 8, 2017.
With this change, fares will be reduced for all local, MetroRapid and Flyer service to $1.25 for a single ride, $2.50 for a day pass, $11.25 for a 7-day pass and $41.25 for a 31-day pass.
The premium fare currently includes two MetroRapid routes and nine Flyer routes, all of which feature fewer stops compared to local service.
The transportation agency says the fare reduction is the first service initiative implemented as part of Connections 2025, a planning study that included a review of the agency’s entire bus system. Capital Metro says their goal in going to a two-tiered fare system is making it easier for customers to move around the system.
“Our community consistently tells us they want a more flexible and easy to use transit network that gives them more options, so we’re answering the call by making our bus system even more accessible and convenient,” said Dan Dawson, vice president of marketing and communications for Cap Metro.
The board will vote again in December on the remaining initiatives in the Connections 2025 draft transit plan. Key elements of that plan include increasing the number of high frequncy routes from six to 17, doubling the number of MetroRapid routes and creating more east to west service.
For more information about the fare reduction, visit capmetro.org/farechange. Additional details about Connections 2025, including an online interactive map and video, can be found at connections2025.org.