A slimmer senior discount on Metro
By Irving Slott
Regarding the May 13 Metro article “Metro readies sweeping fare hikes”:
I retired from government after 23 years in 1992 at age 70. Having lost my parking place when I was 62 to an excess of political appointees, I began taking the Metro. I liked it. I always had a seat and pleasantly read my morning “Post.” Later, I refused the offer of another parking place. After I became eligible and began using the senior citizen farecard, I rode to work and home paying the very lowest fare. It often occurred to me that I was then making more and riding cheaper than almost all the others on the train.
Since I assume the senior citizen fare is intended to ease the burden on retirees, it stands to reason that the low fares should be effective only during non-rush hours. This should be a simple problem to program into the same system which deducts fare amounts when you exit the Metro. It is justifiable and seniors should have no basis in equity to object. Has this ever been considered? If so, why has it not been instituted?
| May 17, 2010; 9:41 AM ET
Categories: D.C., HotTopic, Metro, transportation | Tags: Generations and Age Groups, Rush hour, Senior citizen, Seniors
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