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Metro Fare Increases Approved

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WASHINGTON (AP) Metro's board of directors has approved a package of fare hikes, its largest ever, as part of next year's budget.

The board gave approval to the fare hikes Thursday. The first phase of fare increases will begin Sunday.

Rail fares will go up about 18 percent overall, with the peak fare going from $1.65 to $1.95 for SmarTrip users and the non-rush hour fare up from $1.35 to $1.60. The bus boarding charge, meanwhile, will go up 20 percent, from $1.25 to $1.50 for SmarTrip users and from $1.35 to $1.70 for cash customers.

A second phase of hikes is planned to begin Aug. 1. An additional 20 cents will be added at certain very busy morning and evening times.

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