The Washington Post Sunday

Metro board approves special-event fares

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The Metro board voted to charge riders peak fares for special events and agreed to hold a public hearing on expanding rush-hour service windows as part of General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.

But the board deferred action on a measure to continue the system’s early-closing hours for another year after board members representi­ng the District threatened a veto.

Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans and member Corbett A. Price had said they would block Metro’s plan to continue the shortened service hours for a third consecutiv­e year. The veto would have effectivel­y restored late-night service to the system.

Metro has proposed continuing the early closings to expand a program of preventive maintenanc­e implemente­d after its SafeTrack rehabilita­tion work.

The board approved charging riders peak fares for special events, citing the agency’s contention that customers should bear more of the cost. The vote gives Metro the authority to charge the higher fares but does not mean peak fares will be in effect for all special events.

The panel also voted to hold public hearings on a plan that would expand rush-hour service windows to 10 a.m. from 9:30 a.m. and to 8:30 p.m. from 7 p.m. as part of Wiedefeld’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Train frequency during rush hour is greater than at nonpeak times.

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