Metro modifying fare plan
A few things about the fare surcharge plan scheduled to take effect Sunday have been changed to conform with various laws and agreements. The changes affect what D.C. students, seniors and people with disabilities will pay to ride Metro.
This is how their fares for March through June will vary from the plan originally approved by the Metro board last month:
-- Seniors and people with disabilities will pay a five-cent surcharge on Metrobus and Metrorail trips.
-- The price of the D.C. Student 10-Trip Farecard will rise to $8.50, rather than $8.80.
-- The price of the D.C. Student Tokens 10-Pack will be $6.75, rather than $6.85.
Those downward revisions, scheduled to be approved by the Metro board on Thursday, will cost Metro about $100,000. That's not significant in the overall plan to eliminate a $40 million gap in this year's budget. The student discounts are subsidized by the District. The revenue loss in this adjustment comes from the lower price to be paid by seniors and people with disabilities. That adjustment was made to comply with federal law.
For everyone else, the basic thing to remember is that you will start paying an extra dime for a Metro ride on Sunday, but we'll go over the fare plan in detail on Sunday's Commuter page in The Post Metro section.
February 24, 2010; 9:40 AM ET
Categories: Metro , transit | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metro board, Metro fares, Metrobus, Metrorail
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