A Metrolink passenger train car arrives at the downtown Riverside station.
Many Southland commuters will need some extra change in their pockets starting later this week. Fare increases take effect Thursday on Los Angeles County Metro and the Metrolink commuter rail service.
The base fare for boarding Los Angeles Metro trains and buses will rise from a $1.25 to a $1.50 on Thursday. The cost of a day pass will jump from $5 to $6, and a monthly pass will cost $75 — $13 more than before.
The hikes have been on track for about three years. Thanks to money from voter-approved Measure R, fares for seniors, students, disabled riders and Medicare recipients won’t go up for another three years.
On Metrolink trains, fare increases will average about 6 percent –about 33 cents per trip for all the types of tickets the commuter rail service offers. Its board of directors tried to put off the fare hikes until they couldn’t anymore.
The increases arrive as Metrolink targets four daily train runs for elimination: on the San Bernardino line, Train 306, which leaves Union Station for San Bernardino at 10 a.m., and Train 323, which leaves San Bernardino bound for Union Station at noon; and on the Ventura County Line, Train 105, which leaves Union Station at 8:50 a.m. bound for Moorpark, and Train 114, which leaves Moorpark at 11:05 a.m. bound for Union Station.