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Metro Looking to Dig More Into Riders’ Pockets

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‘Metro Emergency Button’
courtesy of ‘Mr. T in DC’

Wondering what’s next up the track for WMATA riders?

More fare hikes, for one.

WTOP’s Adam Tuss gives a solid rundown of today’s WMATA Board of Directors/Finance, Oversight and Administration Commitee meeting to suggest budget guidance; topping the list is the apparent “resignation” that riders will once again need to pony up to help Metro close its yawning $189 million budget gap for FY2011.

Fares are likely to go up across the board. Peak rail rates will go from $1.65 to $1.90, off-peak from $1.35 to $1.55, and bus rates up $.25. Also discussed was a “peak of the peak” surcharge, placed on riders who travel between 7:30 – 9:30 am and 4:30 – 6:00 pm on weekdays. The surcharge could be an additional 10- to 20-cent fare hike or a 50-cent charge to those who use the busiest stations – Union Station, Metro Center, Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Farragut West, L’Enfant Plaza, Gallery Place-Chinatown, and Pentagon City.

Metro’s trying to decide quickly what to do, as it takes approximately 60 days to program and implement fare changes.

Makes me glad I broke up with Metro when I did…