CHATSWORTH (CBS) — Metrolink fares will jump seven percent on July 1.
Officials say the increases are a last resort to avoid service cuts as the system looks to fill a $13 million funding gap triggered by additional labor costs and the rising cost of diesel fuel.
Ridership has been rising due to high gas prices, but Metrolink officials say the additional revenue has not been enough to close its budget gap.
The largest increase in the commuter rail line’s 19-year history will cost commuters $20.25 more for a monthly pass.
While some riders say they will now explore other options such as carpooling, Aretha Woods says she will continue to take the train.
“You know, when I look at the gas prices, I mean the gas prices are very, very high. And so we have to share in with the cost in order for people to continue to be able to get to where they need to go,” Woods told CBS2. “This is actually my third day riding and I love it. I mean, just to not look at driving the freeway. It’s just been a blessing.”