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Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 03/05/2012

With proposed fare hikes, Silver Line riders would share burden

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The average fare on Metro’s new Silver Line could go up before the new rail extension even opens.
Richard Sarles, Metro’s general manager and CEO. (Marvin Joseph - WASHINGTON POST)
Officials had estimated the average fare would be $3, but the proposal from Metro General Manager Richard Sarles would increase the average to $3.26. The hike would bring in an additional $1.1 million, according to the transit authotrity.

Metro released new numbers on the impact of the Silver Line before a Thursday board meeting. Some board members had asked for more details on the expected revenue for the new line. Sarles has lobbied for across-the-board fare hikes in the fiscal 2013 budget for bus, rail and at parking facilities.

The first part of the 23-mile stretch of the Silver Line, expected to open in late 2013, is under construction. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is overseeing the construction, plans to put out a request for bids in the coming months for a contractor to build the second phase. That construction could start in January 2013.

The additional fare hikes on the Silver Line would bring in $1.1 million for six months of service in fiscal 2014 and $2.2 million for a full year of service in fiscal 2015, according to Metro’s figures.

Budget figures for fiscal 2012 show Metro revenue is down 1 percent and expenses are up 5 percent, compared to what it had budgeted.

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