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Posted at 2:07 PM ET, 08/29/2010

Higher Metro a.m. fares start Monday

By Washington Post Editors

Metro will begin charging a 20-cent "peak-of-the-peak" fee for rail trips taken between 7:30 and 9 a.m. weekdays, starting Monday.

The morning rush-hour surcharge follows a 20-cent charge imposed Aug. 3 for trips between 4:30 and 6 p.m. weekdays. Metro delayed the morning increase after implementing the fare changes proved to be more complex than anticipated.

The fee is based on when a customer enters the fare gate at a Metrorail station and is part of a wide range of fare increases expected to generate nearly $109 million to help close a $189 million shortfall in Metro's operating budget for this fiscal year.

--Ann Scott Tyson and Rick Rojas

By Washington Post Editors  | August 29, 2010; 2:07 PM ET
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They need to fire some of these slugs making 100k and doing nothing but collecting checks for the metro.

Posted by: nyx567 | August 29, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

gee, maybe you can fix the escalators finally at my exit that have been BROKEN FOR THE LAST FRIGGIN 5 YEARS YOU INCOMPETENT MORONS!

Posted by: scoran | August 29, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Gotta fund those govt pensions.

Does your job offer a pension?

Do your taxes fund others pensions?

Posted by: docwhocuts | August 29, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

These overpaid, undereducated, semiconscious metro employees are once again fleecing all of us, even though the metro's escalators are chronically broken, the service is undependable, and the trains are crawling with welfare leeches who've never worked a day in their lives.

Posted by: kevin55 | August 29, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

and yet we'll still have multiple escalators and elevators out for weeks at a time, step in to three or more cars per week with broken AC systems, have 20 minute wait times at night, etc...

Posted by: thebossman | August 29, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

To mark the beginning of higher fares, metro seems to have switched off the AC in many trains this morning so that commuters could arrive at work good and sweaty. It's good to know that our money is being well spent so far.

Posted by: Rockville42 | August 30, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

This city is doing everything it possibly can to shrink its population. I don't understand how the escalator mechanics remain employed; it is clear they do not know the first thing about how escalators operate.

Posted by: forgetthis | August 30, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I don't care about the escalators... most people could use the exercise. What is ridiculous is that people are going to be priced out of the public transportation they need to get to work to earn an honest living or to get to school to get an education. $.20 extra may not seem like much, unless you are scraping by. And even if you are doing OK, this is a fleece when you consider the value you are getting: no A/C in trains, poor ventilation in stations (brake fumes, healthy? Not.), delays, outages, trains that run every 20-30min on the weekends. I say again, if NYC can figure it out, why can't DC?

Posted by: JorgeGortex | August 30, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

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