Metro’s public hearings into proposed increases in fares continue Thursday night in Anacostia.
The transit authority is holding the meetings as it seeks to close a
deficit in its next budget. Under a proposal by General Manager Richard Sarles, increases in fees and fares that riders pay would generate $66 million and local jurisdictions would contribuute an extra $53 million, on top of hundreds of millions they already provide to Metro.
Officials have said the increases would average about 5 percent, but the effect on Metrorail riders would vary, based on time and distance.
Regular Metrobus fares would increase by 10 cents, to $1.60, for those using SmarTrip cards. For those paying cash, the fare would go from $1.70 to $2. The maximum fare for MetroAccess, Metro’s shuttle service for the disabled, would increase from $7 to $7.40. Fees for parking at Metro’s lots and garage would increase 25 cents.
Here is the schedule of the remaining hearings, which begin at 7 each night. They are preceded by forums that begin at 6 and are open to any topic related to Metro.
Tonight: Matthews Memorial Baptist Church, John H. Kearney Sr. Fellowship Hall, 2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, the District
Monday: Washington Lee High School Cafeteria, 1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington
Tuesday: St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW, the District
Wednesday: First United Methodist Church, 6201 Belcrest Rd., Hyattsville
Dana Hedgpeth will be tweeting from the hearing. You can follow her on Twitter, @postmetrogirl.