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Metro to hold hearing on possible fare hike

Metro will hold public hearings on Jan. 27 to solicit input on a possible fare hike of up to 10 cents per trip for rail and bus as well as several cost-cutting measures aimed at closing a $40 million budget gap for the remainder of this fiscal year.

Other measures outlined for comment include:
-- Cutting the span of rail service by opening the system one hour later on weekends and 30 minutes later on weekdays.
-- Restructuring several bus lines in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland.

A statement issued by Metro yesterday indicated that any possible service reductions or fare increases would take effect on March 1, about a month earlier than originally planned, and last though June 30, as part of an urgent bid to resolve this year's operating budget shortfall.

Metro has invited the public to attend and speak at a hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at Metro Headquarters at 600 5th Street NW, as well as to send written statements to It said additional details about the proposals would be posted on Metro's web site in mid-January.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

By Washington Post editors  |  January 8, 2010; 11:26 AM ET
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Since Metro already started the service reductions without board approval, shouldn't fares be lowered by 10 cents?

Posted by: member5 | January 8, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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