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Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Metro fare hearing in Anacostia Thursday night

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.

By  |  03:48 PM ET, 03/01/2012

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