Metro will hold public hearings March 4 and 12 in Fairfax County on a plan to raise the minimum subway fare from $1.10 to $1.40 a trip and boost minimum bus fares from $1.10 to $1.30 a ride.
The maximum rush-hour fare that could be charged for the longest trips to and from the Vienna Metro station would be $3.85 each way, up 60 cents.
Daily parking rates at Metro-operated lots would go up as much as $1 a day, up from $2.25, according to the proposal, and the 10 percent discount currently paid to riders who purchase fare cards of $20 or more would be eliminated.
The hearings will be at 7:30 p.m. March 4 at the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1), and 7:30 p.m. March 12 at Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna.
Separately, County Executive Anthony H. Griffin proposed Monday that fares rise from 50 cents a trip to 75 cents on the county-operated bus service, the Fairfax Connector. Non-rush-hour fares also would climb on Metro. The most a rider would pay for a non-rush-hour fare from Vienna would be $2.70, up from $2.10 now.
Metro riders pay a minimum, or base, fare, currently $1.10 a trip. The transit agency then tacks on additional charges depending on the time of day and the distance traveled. Fairfax County passengers pay some of Metro's highest fares because of the distance of the trips. Rush hour fares are charged from 5:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays.
Fares were last raised in 1995. Transit officials said the additional revenue is needed to cover a $48 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year that begins July 1, the day the increases would take effect.
People wishing to speak at the hearings for a maximum of five minutes are asked to provide their name, address, telephone number and organization affiliation, if any, at least five days before the hearing to:
Harold M. Bartlett
Secretary and chief of staff
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
600 Fifth St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Written statements and exhibits may be presented instead within five days following the public hearing. For more information, call 202-962-1092.