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How to Figure New Fares

Use this link to reach a page on Metro's Web site that will let you see what you're Metrorail fare will be as of Jan. 6, when the fares and fees approved by the Metro board last week take effect.

On that page, you'll find a list of all the stations. Click on the name of your station and you'll be taken to a chart similar to the one that would appear on a station manager's kiosk. It shows the peak and off-peak fares to all the other stations. It also shows the reduced fare for senior citizens and disabled people.

On another online chart, Metro provides an overview of all the fare and fee changes, including the charges for buses, various types of passes and parking. Here's a link to that page.

Also, it appears to me that Metro has now made the fare adjustment in its Trip Planner fare calculator. When I plug in a date after Jan. 6, I get a fare that matches the new rate plan.

Now every rider has a simple way to see the impact of the fare increases. If you haven't figured it all ready, it's worth taking a look -- especially if you're a long distance rider.

We've been speculating about what economists call the elasticity of demand for Metro's services. Metro, which is using the fare increases to help balance it's budget, has factored some loss of ridership into its calculations, but not a mass exodus. Has anyone actually made a decision about doing a different commute come January?

By Robert Thomson  |  December 20, 2007; 7:46 AM ET
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