Changes start July 1 for fares and service
Metro’s board gave final approval to fare increases and service cuts as part of an austere fiscal 2018 budget aimed at easing the transit agency’s financial struggles.
Beginning July 1, peak-period rail fares will increase 10 cents, with $2.25 as the new minimum and $6 as the maximum one-way fare. Off-peak fares will rise 25 cents, to $2, as will bus fares.
It’s the first fare increase in three years for the beleaguered system, which has struggled to rehabilitate its image since the January 2015 L’Enfant Plaza smoke incident that killed one and injured scores of riders. Since then, Metro has instituted a regimen of maintenance work aimed at restoring the system to a state of good repair, but the disruptions have frustrated many riders, who have fled the system at historic rates.
As part of changes approved in the $1.8 billion operating budget, riders also will spend more time on platforms, as trains arrive about every eight minutes across most of the system, with more frequent service downtown.
“We’ll come up with answers with regard to governance, answers with regard to funding and answers with regard to how we make America’s Metro the best in the world — which it’s not today.” Ray LaHood, former secretary of transportation