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'Peak-of-the-peak' fees a.m. & p.m.

Mark Berman

9:20 P.M. UPDATE

Metro's morning "peak-of-the-peak" fare increase began today. The peak-of-the-peak fees affect riders who travel during the busiest weekday periods, between 7:30 and 9 a.m. (as of today) and 4:30 and 6 p.m. (already in effect). You'll pay an extra 20 cents to ride the rails during those periods.

The fee is based on when a customer enters the fare gate at a Metrorail station and is part of a wide range of fare increases expected to generate nearly $109 million to help close a $189 million shortfall in Metro's operating budget for this fiscal year.

What has been your experience? Did you notice the surcharge/ Did the fare gates work fine? Post a comment below or send an e-mail to

Riders report from the rails (#wmata):

8:35 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Police activity on U.S. 50 West at Columbia Park Road (just east of the Maryland/District line) is blocking one of the shoulders and might slow traffic.

-- I-395 North is a slog at the 14th Street Bridge and King Street.
8:20 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Another update from a driver: The Post's Michael Bolden reports bad delays on U.S. 50 inbound. Traffic heading from Maryland into the District is moving at about 20 miles per hour and is delayed to East-West Highway.

8:10 A.M. UPDATE:

-- A driver reports that a truck is stopped on I-495 North/the Inner Loop between the Springfield Interchange and the Braddock Road exit. The truck has its blinkers on and is blocking one of the Inner Loop lanes, but traffic didn't seem that significantly impacted: traffic was slowing down around it, but it's already slow on the Beltway.


-- An accident on I-495 South/the Outer Loop before Rockville Pike is blocking one of the Outer Loop lanes.

7:35 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The accident on I-270 South has been cleared up.

-- An accident on MD 295 North at I-95 could cause northbound delays.

-- I-395 North is now backed up at King Street, and it's even more backed up at the 14th Street Bridge.

-- I-495 North is jammed up at I-66.

7:10 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident on I-270 South at Falls Road is blocking two southbound lanes and one local lane.

-- I-395 North is backed up at the 14th Street Bridge and Duke Street.

-- I-495 North is congested leading towards Gallows Road.

6:40 A.M. UPDATE:

-- There are big backups on I-66 East at Chain Bridge Road.

-- There are also backups on I-395 North at Duke Street.

-- The disabled vehicle on I-66 West has been cleared.

6:20 A.M. UPDATE:

-- A disabled vehicle on I-66 West at Nutley Street is on the right shoulder, but could still slow traffic.


Good morning, commuters! Another weekend full of tourists, rallies and other events, but we got through it. Now it's back to the grind as we hit the road for the final work week of the summer. And the Capital Weather Gang says we're in for a hot week, starting with a scorcher today. So stay hydrated and keep your eyes here throughout the morning for updates on the morning commute.

-- As a result of planned I-66 East construction, the three I-66 East lanes should be shifted to the new bridges over I-495 by this morning. HOV drivers traveling in the left lane on I-66 East heading to Arlington/Washington will need to merge to the right lane before I-495 north to continue into downtown.

-- And for Metro riders: The morning "peak-of-the-peak" fare increase begins today. The peak-of-the-peak fees affect riders who travel during the busiest weekday periods, between 7:30 and 9 a.m. (as of today) and 4:30 and 6 p.m. (already in effect).

By Mark Berman  | August 30, 2010; 9:20 AM ET
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I had the privilege of paying more -- and waiting on a packed orange line platform for 8 minute spaced trains at 8:30am.

But all is well -- Metro says they have not decreased service.

Posted by: yell53 | August 30, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Metro has not decreased service. The train you were waiting for was delayed and should be at the platform December 29, 2018.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 30, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Really wish you wouldn't put the stupid twitter feed into the post body. It makes reading these on a mobile phone very difficult!

Posted by: CyanSquirrel | August 30, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

So who's going to be the first to publish a full-week hour-by-hour schedule* of fare levels/types under Metro's new regime? I didn't see any such item on Metro's Website.

*not counting adjustments for special events

Posted by: sburban | August 30, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

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