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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.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 24, 2010; 9:40 AM ET
Categories:  Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metro board, Metro fares, Metrobus, Metrorail  
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Ummm students and seniors shouldn't have their fares raised at all. They ride the metro because THEY HAVE TO.

Posted by: steampunk | February 24, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Students should have their fares doubled to help pay for the police that we need because of them.

Seniors and people with disabilities should pay the same as everyone else. Metro is losing enough money on them. I feel sorry for anybody riding Metro in a wheelchair, but we have to admit that one wheelchair takes up the space of 6-10 regular riders.

Posted by: member5 | February 24, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Why does the public have to pay a fare increase at all? Why can't metro board members take a paycut, since they are not effectively doing their jobs?

Posted by: grwall5459 | February 24, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

The raccoons should pay too!

Posted by: SkinsDiesel | February 24, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

steampunk: By that theory, I shouldn't have to pay more either because I have to take Metro. What does being forced to take Metro have anything to do with it? This is a small increase, and not that painful in the greater scheme of things...and grwall5459 is right...if the management would agree to pay cuts it would more than cover the cost of the fare adjustments for students and elderly.

Posted by: akchild | February 24, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Why do people who cost the system more get an extra subsidy? Nevermind, your grandchildren can pay for it.

Posted by: fireball72 | February 24, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

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