Metro Approves Rush Hour Fares on Jan. 20
Metro will charge customers rush hour fares on inauguration day and require people to pay for parking in its station lots, the transit agency announced today. The Board of Directors approved the measures at the recommendation of General Manager John B. Catoe Jr., and the board also agreed to run rush hour train service for 17 consecutive hours -- two hours longer than it had previously announced--from 4 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Jan. 20.
Agency officials had initially said they would charge off-peak fares for inauguration day, but Catoe said that the agency will incur great expenses trying to move the huge crowds.
“We are charging rush hour fares to meet an unprecedented demand for service,” he said in a statement.
Charging rush-hour fares will help the agency cover some costs, Catoe said. A one-way, off-peak trip from the Shady Grove Metrorail station, one end of the Red Line in Montgomery County, to the Gallery Place-Chinatown station in downtown Washington, costs $2.35. The same trip during rush-hour costs $4.50.
Metro’s commemorative one-day pass with a special Inauguration design will be sold for $10 online and $7.80 at Metro sales offices and fare vending machines. The cost of the
passes will be $10 at all sales locations Jan. 20. Metro is encouraging people to buy the one-day passes and SmarTrip cards in advance.
Metro also has parking at 42 of its 86 stations, mostly in the suburbs. On inauguration day, the parking fee will be a flat rate of $4 and cash will be accepted upon entry. No Smart Card payments will be allowed.
Only charter buses be permitted to park at the Greenbelt, Van Dorn and Morgan Boulevard stations. Both buses and cars will be permitted at Vienna, West Falls Church and Shady Grove.
In all, Metro will be able to accomodate about 1,200 of the 10,000 charter buses that planners have said could arrived for the inauguration. Charters will not be allowed to park in Metro lots or elsewhere in the District of Columbia unless they pre-register at www.clickandpark.com.
Metro will prohibit bicycles through the whole four-day period.
By Lena H. Sun
David A Nakamura
December 18, 2008; 12:51 PM ET
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