Metro board ad­vances fare hikes, route cuts

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER -

The Metro board fi­nance com­mit­tee voted to raise fares for bus and rail riders, re­duce train fre­quen­cies and slash some bus routes, ad­vanc­ing the agency’s aus­ter­ity bud­get to a fi­nal vote — but not be­fore slip­ping in three last-minute amend­ments to pre­serve a slew of bus lines that were slated for can­cel­la­tion or re­duc­tion.

Board mem­bers ap­proved the $1.8 bil­lion op­er­at­ing bud­get in the face of nu­mer­ous con­cerns, chiefly: whether fare hikes and fewer trains would ac­cel­er­ate a rid­er­ship de­cline that has driven the na­tion’s sec­ond-busiest sub­way into fi­nan­cial dis­tress.

Rush-hour rail fares would in­crease by a dime, with $2.25 as the new min­i­mum and $6 as the max­i­mum one-way fare. The plan in­creases off-peak rail and bus fares by 25 cents. The fre­quency of trains, most of which are sched­uled to ar­rive at least ev­ery six min­utes, would be re­duced to ev­ery eight min­utes, with more ser­vice in the sys­tem’s core.

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