Hearings on Higher Metro Fares This week, Metro begins public hearings on proposed fare increases.

Metro directors are considering a range of increases, including raising the base fare of Metrorail from $1.10 to $1.40 and the base Metrobus fare from $1.10 to $1.30. Daily parking at lots and in garages at Metro stations would increase by as much as $1, and monthly parking rates would increase as much as $20.

Disabled riders would see a sharp rise in fares for MetroAccess, the door-to-door van and taxi service. They now pay $2.20 for a ride, no matter the distance. Under the options being considered, they would pay twice the cost of the nearest Metrobus or rail alternative, whichever is faster.

The schedule for the hearings, which begin at 7:30 p.m., is as follows:

Monday, Arlington County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., third floor; Tuesday, Garnet-Patterson Middle School, 2001 10th St. NW; Wednesday, Malcolm X Elementary School, Alabama Avenue and Congress Street NE; Thursday, Metro headquarters, 600 Fifth St. NW.

March 3, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, 600 Kenilworth Ave., Riverdale; March 4, Fairfax County South Government Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria area; March 12, Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna; March 13, Alexandria City Hall, 301 King St.

A hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 5 at the Montgomery County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville.


Judge May Run for Va. Senate Verbena Askew, the Newport News Circuit Court judge denied a second term this year after a sexual harassment scandal, may run for the state Senate.

Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), a supporter, said she has urged the judge to seek office. Askew cannot make a formal announcement until leaving the bench in March, but acknowledged last week that she has been encouraged to run for the seat of a retiring state senator.


3 Killed in 3-Vehicle Accident Three people were killed last night in a traffic accident in Northeast Washington that involved three vehicles.

The crash occurred about 10:30 p.m. at New York Avenue and First Street NE and involved a car, a taxicab and a sport-utility vehicle. Authorities said two victims were men -- one was the car driver and the other a passenger in the cab.

The third victim, a woman, was found in the street, and authorities said it was not clear whether she had been walking or in one of the vehicles.

The cabdriver was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, said Alan Etter, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Services Department. Authorities gave no other details late last night.

311 Non-Emergency Police Line D.C. police will begin using 311 as a non-emergency line starting tomorrow. Police operators will no longer answer a longtime non-emergency number, 202-727-1010. Instead, callers will hear a message instructing them to hang up and call 311 for non-emergency service. Those trying to call D.C. police from outside the city may use 202-737-4404 to reach the communications center, police said.

Enrollment Deadline Extended D.C. public school officials announced yesterday that they would extend the deadline for applications to enroll students outside their neighborhood school boundaries because the snow.

The original deadline was Feb. 28, and officials said they have extended the deadline to March 14.

Applications must be submitted between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Workforce Development Center Annex, 215 G St. NE.


Education Board Member Dies The vice president of the Maryland State Board of Education died Friday night after an apparent heart attack. Associates said Reginald L. Dunn, 58, collapsed at a restaurant and died at Prince George's Hospital Center.

Dunn was a public relations executive and civic activist. He lived in Mitchellville and had long been involved in educational matters.

"He was just an exceptional person," said Jo Ann T. Bell, also a member of the board. "I don't think the word 'no' existed in Reggie's vocabulary, particularly if it affected children."

"We looked up and beams were falling near us. The lights were falling. The toys were going all over the place, and then it all stopped. We could hear people calling, 'Help me,' and for a minute we were stuck in an aisle."

-- Clara Guyton, describing the scene as the roof collapsed yesterday at the Toys R Us in Lanham. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Lyndsey Layton, David A. Fahrenthold, Justin Blum and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.