What Those Lost Fares Cost Metro
During our online discussion today, a reader asked how much Metrorail lost in fares after the Friday the 13th power outages zapped the fare gates in some of the downtown stations.
Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said this afternoon that the transit authority estimates that it lost $154,962.08. Because the fare gates weren't operating, 74,501 customers exited at the powerless stations without processing their fare cards, he said. The transit authority wiped the slate clean, reprogrammed the fare gates so that those riders could reenter the rail system that afternoon without having to get their cards adjusted, one at a time, by the station masters.
Still a mystery is the wait of close to 30 minutes described by a passenger waiting for a midnight Orange Line train toward Vienna from Rosslyn Station. There were no specific delays reported at that hour in that part of the system, Taubenkibel said. Trains should have been running 15 to 20 minutes apart.
Another rider thinks that Orange Line trains have been running more slowly between Vienna and Dunn Loring since this month's derailment.But Taubenkibel said there's been nothing unusual about the tracks in that area that would cause trains to slow down.
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