Have your say about Metro’s fares and service

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Don’t say nobody ever asked you.

Metro’s leadership is giving you an opportunity to comment on it’s budget for Fiscal Year 2018.

There are several key initiatives in the proposed budget that will affect every Metro train and bus rider.  They include:

  • Increasing Metrorail rush hour and non-rush hour fares
  • Increasing regular and express Metrobus fares
  • Replacing the 1-day rail pass with a new 1-day unlimited rail/bus pass
  • Adjusting train schedules during weekday rush hours
  • Reducing train service during non-rush hours and on weekends
  • Eliminating or modifying bus routes in the District, Maryland and Virginia

The proposed budget seeks to close a $290 million budget gap with shared sacrifice between state and local governments, Metro personnel and customers. The proposal calls for the District, Maryland and Virginia to contribute a total of $130 million more than they did last year. Metro is also proposing $50 million in cost savings by eliminating positions and taking other cost cutting actions. Fares for riders would go up between $0.10 and $0.25 for rail and bus trips, while service is rightsized to fit current ridership levels.

To view the full dockets and for more information about the operating budget, visit wmata.com/budget.

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