Metro riders willing to pay more to avoid service cuts

By Robert Thomson
Thursday, January 21, 2010

The transit users who have shared their thoughts with me through letters, comments on the Get There blog and during online chats almost always oppose cutting Metro service to balance the transit authority budget.

Many are willing to accept the fare surcharge of up to 10 cents that the Metro board will consider as an alternative to the proposed cuts. Others think Metro still needs to look for further cuts within its ranks.

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

We sold our house, downsized to one car and moved to a condo at a Metro stop with the premise that Metro would be there for us. Please don't cut service hours or curtail service. Don't force us to buy another car. We are willing to pay for Metro service. It should be a no-brainer. Raise Metro fares.

Carl Saperstein

Arlington County

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

I have just read your [Jan. 10] column about the options of service cuts vs. fare surcharges. I visit Washington many times a year, often to attend events at the Kennedy Center. I drive just over 100 miles to get to the Shady Grove Station and, once there, depend on Metro to get to the performance on time.

Obviously, I cannot plan a trip to arrive at the station at an exact time over such a long distance. A wait of 10 to 15 minutes for a train to leave the station is not a problem, but a half-hour interval would make my present approach virtually unworkable.

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