Update on Two Transit Fare Increases…

Metro and LADOT eliminating free transfers on Metro Monthly Passes: Thanks to Bart Reed of the Transit Coalition for tracking this down. As StreetHeat reported last week, the free transfer between Metro and Dash buses downtown will be eliminated on January 1, 2008 as part of Metro’s roll out of the TAP cards. However, its going to be awhile until TAP is online on either LADOT or Metrolink buses. The TAP conversion target date for LADOT is late 2008 and Metrolink’s is still to be determined. If you’re concerned about the decision to eliminate this transfer, why not tell the boss at Metro about it?

Foothill Transit Fare Hike: We know that not many, if any, readers of this blog take Foothill Transit into the city. However, since our Governor believes that the way to a greener future is better cars and less congestion (not less cars and more transit options), we can bet that similar fare hikes are coming across the board.

There was some "good" news from Foothill Transit’s executive board. The somewhat draconian increases scheduled for seniors and the disabled taking monthly passes was reduced by 20%. Apparently the record amount of complaints, first reported here, helped trim the increase. The Foothill Transit Governing Board will vote on these plans this week.