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Metro fare hikes today

Kafia Hosh

Metro rail riders will pay a little more for service Tuesday when another round of fare hikes take effect.
One increase charges paper Farecard users 25 cents more per trip than SmarTrip users.
The other increase charges riders 20 cents extra per trip during peak-of-the peak hours, between 4:30 and 6 p.m.
The fare hikes were scheduled to be in effect by Monday, but were delayed after signs in the stations confused riders. Metro is posting temporary decals to replace the paper signs until permanent ones are made.

By Kafia Hosh  | August 3, 2010; 5:29 AM ET
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Commuting, Metro  
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Isn't it 4:30 to 6:00 (not 6:30)?

Posted by: mechagojira | August 3, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Metro posting signs that are confusing? Unheard of! I always felt that Metro was always on top of things, and that any errors, accidents, etc., were the work of railroad trolls.

So, with this next round of fare increases, we are going to see an incredible increase in Metro's performance - no more out of service elevators and escalators, Metro employees with better attitudes, fewer train malfuctions at rush hour, more trains in service at rush hour...oh, what a great Metro world it will be!

Posted by: bkllal6020 | August 3, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

What about the "peak of the peak" fares, for people getting on or off at certain stations? When do they take affect?

Posted by: brian37 | August 3, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I don't mind the fare increases nearly as much as the less publicized service decreases. Trains are less frequent, more congested and Metro thinks A/C is a luxury in 100+ degree weather.

I waited 40 minutes on Saturday for a train, reminding myself why I bought a car.

Posted by: AxelDC | August 3, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

They need a new PR campaign... "Metro - Working hard to meet the lowest expectations"

Posted by: mika_england | August 3, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Metro rail will not see another penny of my money. I started riding the bus about 2 weeks ago using a weekly bus card purchased at the price of $15.00. I can ride all over DC using this card and pay just one fare when boarding the first bus. Good bye metro rail, happy days are here again!!!!!!

Posted by: daughterofold | August 3, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

That's at least the 3 fare hike this year. And the system and cars are falling apart.

What the heck are they doing over there?

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | August 3, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Second day of the new fare schedule and I had to wait 11 minutes at Farragut North for a northbound train to Shady Grove at 5:30p -- peak time -- on a packed platform.

The station has inexplicably had no A/C all summer (like most stations these days) and the escalator was broken. Finally, when it got there, the train was completely packed and many passengers couldn't get on. The next two trains coming in the next 5 minutes went to Grovsenor, so those going to Shady Grove that couldn't make the train had to wait at least another 6 minutes. That's 17 minutes on that sweltering, packed platform.

Is this what we pay the highest subway rates in the country for? Third world service? After two price hikes in a month, is there a reason that Metro still can't afford A/C in the stations and trains every 3 or 4 minutes during freaking rush hour?

What a joke they are. A sad, sad joke.

Posted by: BurgundyNGold | August 3, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

There's only so much they can do to make up for the bad design of the system itself.

Posted by: randomturkey | August 3, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I used to have more patience for metro, until I went to Tokyo and saw how a real public transportation system works. Is is amazing, truly amazing. Clean, efficient, affordable. Washingtonians should be outraged at what we - here in the capital city of the richest and most powerful nation on earth - put up with every day, week after week, month after month...

Posted by: bryveg1 | August 3, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

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