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Posted at 7:57 AM ET, 01/13/2010

Two Metro money-raisers

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Ronald Promboin
Vienna

Let me add a couple of suggestions for targeted Metro fare increases to augment Samuel R. Staley’s proposal [“A $40 million crisis Metro can’t afford to waste,” Local Opinions, Jan. 10].

First, put a $2 surcharge on trips originating or ending at Reagan National Airport. The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system has a similar surcharge, and it would be a way to add visitor dollars to the Metro budget.

Second, develop “event” fares with surcharges for major sporting events or major concerts at Verizon Center and other venues. If parking facilities can profit from events in their areas, why not Metro?

By washingtonpost.com editors  | January 13, 2010; 7:57 AM ET
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Comments

This is an obvious suggestion that fixes many money problems immediately. So it will be completely ignored by Metro.

Many transit systems also charge people for large luggage. Technically, according to Metro's rules, you aren't even supposed to have large luggage during rush hours (they may have deleted this policy by now).

Of course, it would take our Metro system 20 years and $400 billion dollars to even develop such a system.

Posted by: Wallenstein | January 13, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

The last time I even attempted to take Metro to National airport, both the escalators and the elevator from the platform to the airport were out of service. I almost fell down the escalator as I attempted to get my heavy suitcase down. The Metro employee who was in the kiosk declined to assist me.

That was the last time I ever used Metro to get to the airport. I'll gladly pay a taxi for the trip, given that Metro can't keep its elevators and escalators in service.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 14, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

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