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Monthly passes might mean cheaper commutes -- for the commuters with the longest routes. (Melina Mara - The Washington Post)
Metro fares will likely be going up about 5 percent come July 1: The transit authority’s finance committee approved the hikes Thursday, setting up a final vote April 26. The Washington Post’s Dana Hedgpeth explains that “peak-of-the-peak” fares will likely disappear and that using anything but a SmarTrip card will cost you extra. And, for the first time, you’ll be able to buy a monthly rail pass. But, at $230, the pass probably won’t make sense for most D.C. residents: “The rate equates to what a commuter traveling the farthest distances under the new fare structure would pay for 20 round trips. By comparison, New York subway riders can buy a 30-day pass for $104.”

In other news:

Thoughts on heights (WBJ, Slate, Housing Complex, DCist, RPUS, Post poll)

Zoning limit on 14th Street restaurants vexes real estate brokers (WBJ)

Fire department moves toward allowing heretofore unused polo shirts (WaTimes)

Logan Circle pudding-flinger gets just deserts (PoP)

There was almost a Vallejo Street in Petworth (Ghosts of D.C.)

Officials mention unofficial “One City” name for streetcar line; everyone freaks out (TBD, Housing Complex, DCist)

City regulators ease up on Adams Morgan secondhand shops (Arts Desk)

Park Service issues initial pedicab regulations (TBD)

Many city agencies aren’t meeting ambitious performance goals (Examiner)

Natwar Gandhi warns of the consequences of an unlikely federal sequestration (WaTimes)

Quick arrest and murder charge in Wednesday night’s Kingman Park slaying (Homicide Watch, Crime Scene)

Drink at Shaw’s Tavern tonight (Young & Hungry)

”How the Washington Nationals get weather information” (Capital Weather Gang)

Drama at the Park (D.C. Wire)

DCPS central office: not the best work environment (D.C. Schools Insider)

Clara Barton’s Civil War office could become a downtown museum (AP)

Bikes and streetcars don’t mesh all that well (TBD)

More on the Adams Morgan meth lab bust (Post)

Woman facing murder charge in bed-stabbing is acquitted (Post)

More on the Gray anti-bullying plan (Blade)

Density in Ward 3, already (GGW)

Susan Eisenhower: I didn’t compare Frank Gehry’s memorial design to Nazi death camps. Other people did. (Post letter)

Harry Jaffe is a big fan of pawn shops (Examiner)

The father of DeOnte Rawlings might lose his share of settlement to creditors (WaTimes)

Roger Clemens back at Prettyman today (The Buzz, NYT)

Bread for the City builds Maryland orchard to feed D.C.’s hungry (Post)

”In Defense of Marion Barry” ... at least he’s sincere and “authentic” (Tablet)

Things Barry should not say (Free Lance-Star)

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