Metro, VRE schedule fare, budget hearings

Beginning Feb. 27 and continuing through March 6, Metro will hold public hearings on plans to raise transit fares and fees.

The hearings begin at 7 p.m. but will be preceded by an open forum at 6 p.m. Metro asks that those who want to speak submit their name, address, telephone number, organization affiliation and the hearing number to the Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. You also can submit requests by fax to 202-962-1133 or by e-mail to speak@wmata.com.

Riders can also take a survey on the budget and fares for Metro at wmata.com/budget through 5 p.m. March 12.

●Monday, Feb. 27

Hearing 569: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda.

●Wednesday, Feb. 29

Hearing 570: Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School cafeteria, 7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church.

●Thursday, March 1

Hearing 571: Matthews Mem­orial Baptist Church, John H. Kearney Sr. Fellowship Hall, 2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, the District.

●Monday, March 5

Hearing 572: Washington-Lee High School cafeteria, 1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington.

●Tuesday, March 6

Hearing 573: St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albe­marle St. NW, the District.

●Wednesday, March 7

Hearing 574: First United Methodist Church, 6201 Belcrest Rd., Hyattsville.

Virginia Railway Express officials will hold hearings so riders can comment on the agency’s proposed fiscal 2013 budget, which proposes a fare hike averaging 3 percent.

Here is the meeting schedule:

● 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg.

●Noon Wednesday, March 14, Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St. SW, Washington, DC.

●7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission, 14700 Potomac Mills Rd., Woodbridge.

●7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, Manassas City Hall, 9027 Center St., Manassas.

● Noon Tuesday, March 27, Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington.

● 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, Burke Centre Conservancy, “The Commons” community center, 5701 Roberts Pkwy., Burke.

● 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, Stafford County Government Center, board chambers, 1300 Courthouse Rd., Stafford.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
Jeremy Borden covers Prince William County, Va., for The Washington Post.
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