Several transit advocacy groups (including Greater Greater Washington), working together in the Transit First! coalition, asked the WMATA Board to try to avoid widening Metrorail weekend headways to close the budget gap, and instead to consider a $1 parking charge at stations which already reach full capacity.
Jurisdictions have agreed to contribute substantial additional funding in order to forestall most service cuts. However, the docket being proposed for upcoming hearings still includes widening weekend headways to 20 minutes during the day and 25 minutes after 9:30 p.m.
However, no revenue increases were proposed, even as options. In order to even let the Board consider them, they have to be part of the docket for the public hearings. Yesterday, Michael Perkins advocated for including fare increase options. The Transit First! letter asks for an option to raise parking rates by $1 at those stations where average weekday occupancy reaches 100 percent.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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