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Metro: Should fares be increased?

In this post-blizzard week -- before transit users start paying that extra dime for Metro rides, before they remember what regular service feels like -- Metro board members plan to begin discussing ways to help the budget. Among the ways to cut the budget are talks of increasing the basic fare to board a train at rush hour to $1.90, increasing the maximum peak fare to $5, and increasing Metrobus fare to $1.50. Read Dr. Gridlock's analysis.

By Jodi Westrick  |  February 18, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Let's face it. There aren't too many other options that will have a positive, long term economic effect. Everything else being proposed is nickle and dime chump change. I don't enjoy current rates, especially when I have to stand for the entire trip, let alone increased fares, but maybe the onus could be put on non rush hour users. Charge rush hour rates all day long.

Posted by: DrFish | February 18, 2010 10:26 AM

Wait. Didn't they just do this?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | February 18, 2010 10:50 AM

Strange they don't think about cutting services entirely over the weekend. Cut the night shift of buses from 11 pm till 5 am. cut the trains off over the weekends.

Posted by: 50Eagle | February 18, 2010 3:50 PM

I would pay it if their service gets better. They are always late

Posted by: civic97inva | February 18, 2010 3:51 PM

service this week on orange line noticeably diminished both morning and afternoon rush. At 4:30pm each day this week, orange line trains consistently overcrowed - forcing extra wait to get on a train (sometimes waiting for three full to pass). Operators not waiting for people to get back on trains who let people off trains - since overcrowded, difficult for passengers to get out. 8 car trains are absent. Why pay more when service is diminished - essentially creating higher probably of safety issue as a result.

Posted by: link390 | February 18, 2010 6:30 PM

Another fare increase when service and dependability continue to decrease? The benefits of Metro being convenience and cost-effectiveness are going out the window. And for those of us who already pay the maximum each way during rush hour, coupled with the cost of parking at Metro, additional fare increases will soon rival the cost of just driving to work (in the comfort of our own cars) and parking in DC. Metro is not going to balance their budget off of the backs of its riders.

Posted by: Barlynn | February 18, 2010 8:01 PM

Increase the fares, but don't increase the parking fees. In the interest of decreasing fossil fuel pollution, it's better for workers to park at metro than to drive all the way into DC.

Speaking of the Orange Line, could we have a train that's not overcrowded at 6:30 AM? It's hard to believe trains couldn't be run closer together at that hour to lessen crowding.

Posted by: DWinFC | February 18, 2010 9:55 PM

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