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Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 05/ 3/2010

A core-only, peak-of-the-peak Metro fare?

By editors

WMATA staff will evaluate the MetroRiders.Org/Greater Greater Washington/Coalition for Smarter Growth recommendation to replace the generalized peak-of-the-peak charge with one of up to 50¢ that only applies to trips in the "congested core."

At last week's board meeting, Arlington's Chris Zimmerman brought up the letter from the three groups and praised their approach of using specific objectives to guide fare policy rather than the untargeted, blanket proposals in the general manager's recommended fare increase.

At his urging and with the assent of other members, staff agreed to examine a more targeted peak-of-the-peak fare. The press gave this proposal widespread coverage. Fox 5 interviewed me for a TV segment.

The system is particularly crowded during a single hour in the morning and evening peak, and in a small core section. Therefore, it makes sense to charge extra for trips in that area, during that time, but not for those people who are riding from Franconia to King Street and aren't taking up the most precious space.

Where should the charge apply? Based on Matt Johnson's terrific analysis of system crowding, I'd suggest applying it to trips that start, end, or pass through stations from Dupont Circle to Union Station, Rosslyn to Capitol South, and Pentagon to Gallery Place.

[Continue reading David Alpert's post from Greater Greater Washington here].

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By editors  | May 3, 2010; 10:34 AM ET
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Metro seems to be on a mission to drive people off the subway and into their cars. Why doesn't Metro just 'fess up that it knows that the majority of rush hour commuters cannot change their schedules to avoid traveling during the "peak of the peak" (because their employers won't let them or they have to be home for children, etc.) and that this so-called price signal is just another way of soaking Metro riders?

Posted by: WashingtonDame | May 4, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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