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Metro Could Increase Fares Next Year

Board discusses several ways to close budget gap in 2012 as ridership decreases, costs grow

Though the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority raised Metro fares last summer, riders could see another increase as soon as this July in an effort to make up for lost revenue and rising costs.

The Washington Post reports Metro needs to close a $124 million shortfall in fiscal year 2013,  a combination of growing expenses — including overtime and health care costs — and fewer riders: while bus ridership is expected to increase, a 2 percent decrease in those that use the subway system will cost the system $3 million, according to the Post.

The fiscal year begins July 1.

The last rate adjustment occurred during the summer of 2010, introducing a controversial tiered system that charged more for "peak" and "peak of peak" rides during rush hour.

A hike could be avoided if contributions from supporting jurisdictions in Virginia and Maryland increase, or, if Metro reconsiders other areas of its operation, such as costs for escalator and elevator repairs or a proposal for police patrol of buses.

For the full story from the Washington Post, click here.

Carol Nahorniak December 01, 2011 at 07:07 PM
Er, the ad on this page for the arts & crafts show has a faulty link. I'll have to search elsewhere to find out where the show is.
Karen Goff December 01, 2011 at 07:16 PM
CArol, I will let the ad department know.
Amelie Krikorian December 01, 2011 at 10:35 PM
It's already cheaper for my husband to use his hybrid to drive to work than to take the metro. So what if parking downtown can be $10 a day, Metro charges for parking (if you can find it!) as well as the trip and it adds up to almost twice what the gas and the parking costs. I don't know how subsidized the NY and San Fran systems are but they are much cheaper than ours to ride.
Julia Ellegood Pfaff December 03, 2011 at 01:35 PM
I wonder why ridership is down. Could it be that after last price hike Metro moved out the pricing sweet spot and has priced itself out of revenue?
Julia Ellegood Pfaff December 03, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Could your developers please create a comment system where either it doesn't let you comment before you sign in or saves your comment while you sign in so that we don't have retype our comments. This gets annoying.

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