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Extra Quarter for the Bus

By Richard Whittaker, August 27, 2008, 5:37pm, Newsdesk

Monday, Oct. 13: That's the date Capital Metro's board of directors set today for the new bus fare schedule to take effect.

The baseline single fare goes from 50 cents to 75 cents, while the 24 hour travel card goes from $1 to $1.50. Pretty much every other fare gets a boost (visit their new rates chart page for details). Interestingly, the traditionally free 'Dillos, which have undergone a massive route re-shaping to make them more attractive to downtown commuters, get a 25 cent fare.

So get used to packing some extra change, and then get ready for 2010, when the standard fare is slated to go up to $1. Full press release after the jump.

New Fares Effective Oct. 13, 2008
Capital Metro Board Approves Fare Increase Implementation

Austin, Texas, August 27, 2008 – This afternoon, the Capital Metro Board of Directors approved a plan to implement a new fare structure on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008.

The fare structure rate adjustment was approved by the Local Government Approval Committee earlier this month. The new fares will increase local bus fare from 50 cents to 75 cents; most other fares will also increase. Fares will be adjusted to $1.00 in fall 2010. Visit for more information on the new fare structure.

Capital Metro staff will begin the next phase of outreach efforts to inform customers of the fare increase.

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