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Updated: LA Metro board votes to raise bus and rail fees




In this file photo, passengers board Metro subway trains during rush hour on June 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
In this file photo, passengers board Metro subway trains during rush hour on June 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
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Update 2:20 p.m.:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted today to increase bus and rail fares by 25 cents beginning in September, but agreed to temporarily hold off on additional increases that had been proposed for 2017 and 2020.

The base fare for Metro buses and trains will increase from $1.50 to$1.75 in September under the 12-1 vote, but passengers will be given two hours of free transfers. Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina was the lone dissenter.

The vote came after an hours-long public hearing that included comments from more than 100 people, mostly in opposition to the fare increase. The proposal originally called for fares to increase to $2 in 2017 and $2.25 in 2020, but the board agreed to delay a decision on those hikes pending
further review.   

Day pass fares will rise from $5 to $7 in September, and weekly and monthly pass costs will also rise.

Metro officials said the fare hikes are needed to erase a projected $36.8 million budget shortfall projected for 2016. The agency predicted the deficit could rise to $225 million over the next decade.

Earlier today:

L.A. county officials are meeting today to vote on a possible fare hike for bus and train riders.

The 13-member LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is considering two options -- both would lead to higher fares for most riders.

For a look at what's at stake, we're joined by Laura Nelson reporter with the LA Times.

(This story has been updated)