Rush-hour pric­ing sought for big events

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER -

Metro wants to start charg­ing rush-hour prices dur­ing high­at­ten­dance pub­lic events such as the Women’s March and the gun­con­trol-fo­cused March for Our Lives.

A Metro board com­mit­tee voted Thurs­day to hold a pub­lic hear­ing on whether to charge peak fares on week­ends and hol­i­days when ma­jor events re­quire the tran­sit agency to run rush-hour lev­els of ser­vice. Those events would po­ten­tially in­clude ma­jor protests, high­rid­er­ship hol­i­days such as In­de­pen­dence Day and events that draw par­tic­u­larly large crowds.

The goal, Metro says, is to re­coup the funds spent run­ning rush-hour lev­els of ser­vice through­out a week­end day or hol­i­day, which re­quires sig­nif­i­cant over­time.

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