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Metro board split on fares

The Metro board is deeply divided over exactly which fare and fee increases it will approve.

The transit staff did not get the guidance it sought to begin setting up the fare increases. Instead, the board's finance committee voted Thursday morning to send a set of recommendations on fares to the full board, which will meet in two weeks to debate the recommendations.

The proposal includes a 15 percent increase in Metrorail fares, a 20 percent increase in bus fares, no increase in the daily parking fee, a 186 percent increase in the cost of bike locker rentals, Metrorail surcharge of 20 cents for the peak of the peak ridership times and a peak fare charge for the weekend night-owl service.

The full board can change any of that, and almost certainly will as the members pursue jurisdictional interests and transit policy goals.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 13, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  Metro , Transportation Politics  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metro budget, MetroAccess, Metrobus, Metrorail  
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Dr. G, do you know if the proposed fare plans will keep the current 50 cent discount for bus-to-rail and rail-to-bus transfers?

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | May 13, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

As always, it is about politics and not for the good of the system and region as a whole. Until the politicians are removed, it will be much of the same.

Posted by: rontaylor68 | May 13, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: TerpsGirl, the amount of the discount would remain the same, but the transfer window would be reduced from three hours to two hours.

Posted by: rtthomson1 | May 13, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Dr. G,

Two questions.
#1 - Why does the board need to wait two weeks to meet again? I'll refrain from snarky comments this time on that.
#2 - Which Peak-of-the-peak option did they pick - for folks entering/exiting in the core, or for reverse commuters riding through it as well?

Posted by: vtavgjoe | May 13, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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