Metro Shuttle To FedEx Field Is Scuttled
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Washington Redskins fans will no longer be able to take a shuttle bus from the Landover Metro station to FedEx Field.
The team used to charter shuttle buses from Metro, but new federal guidelines prohibit public transit agencies from providing charter bus service if private companies are available to provide the service. Last year, Metro chartered nearly 2,500 buses for revenue of $1.6 million.
The Redskins said yesterday that they were unable to obtain a season-long waiver from the Federal Transit Administration. The team tried to hire a private bus company but would have had to increase shuttle fares too much, officials said.
"Unable to continue our partnership with Metro, we had numerous discussions with a variety of transportation companies, only to find that the best private transportation option would increase the fan shuttle fare from $6 to nearly $20," Mitch Gershman, the Redskins' chief operating officer, said in a news release.
"Fortunately, the Morgan Boulevard station on Metro's Blue Line is within walking distance of the stadium, providing a fine, inexpensive option for fans," Gershman said. The Morgan Boulevard station is nine-tenths of a mile from FedEx Field, according to Metro. The Landover station is on Metro's Orange Line.
The Redskins' preseason home opener is Saturday.
The Washington Nationals subsidize free shuttle service to their stadium for fans who park at RFK Stadium. The federal rules won't affect the Nats Express because the team uses private bus companies.
The Redskins will continue to provide free shuttle service from their cash parking lots.