One of the pieces of the fare increase that has gotten a lot of press is that “peak of the peak” fares have been eliminated.
Yes and No?
The Good News is: yes there will not be a 90 minute window where you will be charged more than some other fare.
In terms of pricing?
The (mostly) Bad News is: just about everyone loses here.
Peak of the peak fare payers
Many of you will be paying more for the new Peak fares than you did for peak of the peak!
The average peak fare (by station combination) works out to a 10 cent increase over peak of the peak
57% of the peak fare combinations are more than the peak of the peak combinations (up to 55 cents more).
21% of the peak fare combinations work out to be equal to peak of the peak while another 22% are a nickle cheaper than peak of the peak fares.
Peak fare payers
If you were able to stay out of the peak of the peak commute time – the average increase in fares will be 30 cents. Some folks will be paying 75 cents more, some fares will only be 15 cents higher.
So, did peak of the peak go away?
The timing did. 1/5th of the station combinations have fares that will break even on the new peak versus peak of the peak… and you have the same price ALL rush hour.
(and ”The Church Lady” from SNL says “Isn’t that special?!”)
Another 1 in 5 station combinations will result in a nickle less than peak of the peak.
Everybody else: the majority of peak of the peak fare combinations AND ALL of the peak riders will pay more on July 1.
The online fare comparison tool will be available tomorrow.