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Posted at 6:06 PM ET, 04/ 2/2010

Metrorail cuts: the downside

By Vince Rinehart

By Ted Livermore
Washington

I saw a missed opportunity to discuss how the impending Metro service cuts and fare increases will affect the practicality and affordability of urban and suburban living in the Washington region in the March 24 Metro article “District living not as costly as you’d think.”

Politicians and transit officials are considering several proposals. One is to raise the Metrorail rush hour base fare to as much as $2.50, before calculating fares for distance traveled. The same proposal would raise the fare for the L5 and B30, which run to Dulles and BWI airports, respectively, to $6 from $3.10. Service cuts could include eliminating all eight-car trains during rush hour, reducing weeknight frequency of trains to every 30 minutes and reducing service on nearly 100 bus lines, including elimination of 15 lines.

These changes will primarily affect those described in the article as residing in “livable communities.” They affect not only the livability but also areas now considered “affordable.”

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By Melissa Ann Ehrenreich
Greenbelt

I’d like to echo the call for Maryland to step up to the plate and fully fund Metro [editorial, March 31].

On Dec. 26, 2007, I went into labor with my second child. Our family lives on one income, we were maxed out after the holidays and I couldn’t afford a taxi. But my SmarTrip card was loaded. I used Metrorail and a D.C. bus to make my way to Sibley Memorial Hospital with about 161/27 hours to spare until my son was born.

Metro was my lifeline that day. I appeal to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) to find the funds to support this essential service for our region.

The writer is a member of Transit Riders of Greenbelt.

By Vince Rinehart  | April 2, 2010; 6:06 PM ET
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