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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

By David A Nakamura  |  December 18, 2008; 12:51 PM ET  | Category:  Transportation
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Good. Maybe some people will stay at home and watch it where they belong - in front of the TV.

Posted by: rpcv84 | December 18, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"Metro will prohibit bicycles through the whole four-day period."

All you need to know. It's all about squeezing every last dollar from the public. How can you have public transportation that's anti-public?

I, for one, will be driving my 8-passenger SUV full of people to my pre-paid garage spot just off Penn. Ave.

Posted by: gbooksdc | December 18, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

gbooksdc, you do realize that most roads will be blocked to traffic, right?

Posted by: jules818 | December 18, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

How typical of opportunistic Metro...arh!!...Always looking to make a dollar off the passengers while at the same time crying for taxpayer dollars to fund infrastructure. Why can't they pay the increased operations cost with the increase in dollars that they will receive from increased ridership? I was planning on parking and taking the Metro from Maryland, but now I will drive as far as I can and walk the remainder of the way...CROOKS!

Posted by: Beingsensible | December 18, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Cato is a moron. Metro will make millions on this event even if they charged off peak prices. They are simply greedy. Metro is subsidized by the tax payer. It's time to make changes to the law regarding the boards that Gov. Metro. We need a bigger say in the day to day activity of Metro or Metro needs to fund it's self.

Posted by: askgees | December 18, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand how people can possibly have a problem with this situation. Metro is providing rush hour service for rush hour prices.

Posted by: briffy | December 18, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

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