D.C. vows to block any Metro fare increase
D.C. representatives on the Metro board vow that bus and subway fares will not increase next fiscal year, saying they will veto any budget plan that includes a price increase or service cut for commuters.
With revenue declining because of falling ridership, and with Maryland and Virginia officials reluctant to boost their financial contributions to a transit system plagued by safety and management problems, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s financial staff has said that fare hikes might be necessary to balance the next budget.
Metro’s budget staff is scheduled to present a spending plan to the board next month.
But the District’s two voting board members, D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and businessman Corbett Price, said they will not support raising fares or cutting service under any circumstances for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
Although the board has six other voting members — two each representing Maryland, Virginia and the federal government — Evans and Price, who were appointed to the board this year by D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), can together exercise a rare “jurisdictional veto” over any proposed action by the board.