Beginning June 29, Metro riders who want to buy two-week flash passes will have five different passes to choose from instead of three, a Metro Board committee decided yesterday.
The decision was taken despite the protests of Metro General Manager Richard S. Page, whose pleas for simplification of Metro's fares and passes were brushed aside. The committee's recommendations are usually adopted by the full Metro Board.
Left unresolved for another week are the questions of how high the bus and subway fare increase scheduled June 29 will be. That also means that the final cost of the five flash passes is unresolved.
The five passes, all of which would offer a discount to anyone who used them every weekday during their two-week life, would cover the total bus fare for given trips and contain a limited amount of subway fare value, probably $5 or $6.
The five proposed passes:
A Maryland-D.C. pass, tentatively priced at $10 and containing $6 in subway fares.
A one-zone regional pass, tentatively priced at $12, good for one-zone bus fare anywhere and containing $5 in subway fares.
A maryland-D.C. pass, tentatively priced at $18, good for Maryland-D.C. bus trips and containing $5 in subway fares.
A Virginia two-zone pass tentatively priced at $16, good for bus trips in two Virginia zones and containing $5 in subway fares.
A Virginia three-zone pass, tentatively priced at $20, good for bus trips in three Virginia zones and containing $5 in subway fares.
The existing three-pass system, local governments have told Metro, does not result in a fair sharing of pass revenue among those governments. Their solution was to develop more specialized passes.
Page has complained that more passes would be harder to explain to the public, more difficult to administrate and more costly to print. Yesterday he said in an interview that it would cost $150,000 to print five kinds of passes instead of $100,000 to print three kinds.