By Matt Bush
Metro fares could be on the rise again.
Metro's board of directors will meet later this morning to discuss fare hikes proposed by interim General Manager Richard Sarles to avert a widening budget gap. Proposals include raising the base rail fare during peak hours to $1.90, as well as raising parking fees 50 cents. Sarles also wants to close the rail system on Friday and Saturday nights at 2 a.m.; currently, trains run until 3 a.m. on those nights.
Other changes include raising the rental rate for bicycle lockers at stations from the current $70 a year to $200. If approved, the earliest any changes could take effect is July.
The general consensus from public hearings was that riders would rather see fare hikes than service cuts. Metro already raised rail fares 10 cents earlier this year, but that hike is only in effect until the end of June.