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How to navigate the new peak Metrorail fares

Sunday, August 29, 2010

New peak Metrorail fare

The "peak-of-the-peak" 20-cent surcharge for morning travelers on Metro is scheduled to take effect Monday. It will affect train trips taken between 7:30 and 9 a.m. weekdays.

The morning rush-hour surcharge follows a 20-cent charge imposed Aug. 3 for trips between 4:30 and 6 p.m. weekdays. Metro delayed the morning increase after implementing the fare changes proved to be more complex than anticipated.

The surcharges during Metro's busiest times are part of a plan to close a $189 million operating budget shortfall.

D.C. Circulator changes

Several changes begin Sunday for D.C.'s Circulator bus service. The biggest is the introduction of a route from Dupont Circle to Georgetown to Rosslyn. It will operate Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Here are a list of stops:

-- Dupont to Rosslyn: 19th Street NW at N Street; New Hampshire Avenue at M Street; M Street at 24th Street; M Street at 28th Street; M Street at 30th Street; M Street at 31st Street; M Street at Wisconsin Avenue; M Street at 33rd Street; North Moore Street at 19th Street.

-- Rosslyn to Dupont: North Moore Street at 19th Street; M Street at 34th Street; M Street at Potomac Street; M Street at Wisconsin Avenue; M Street at Thomas Jefferson Street; Pennsylvania Avenue at 29th Street; L Street at 24th Street; New Hampshire Avenue at M Street; 19th Street NW at N Street.

Metrobus study

Metro plans to hold five public meetings between Tuesday and Sept. 23 as part of a six-month study of some bus routes.

-- D12, D13 and D14 routes: Tuesday at Oxon Hill Public Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill.

-- B2 route: Wednesday at Eliot-Hine Middle School, 1830 Constitution Ave., Northeast Washington.

-- 23A, 23C, 25A, 25C and 25D: Sept. 21 at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington.

-- 23A and 23C: Sept. 22 at Franklin Sherman Elementary, 6630 Brawner Street, McLean.

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