Metro has scheduled six public hearings at which the public can submit testimony on plans to raise transit fares and fees. They will begin on Feb. 27 and continue through March 6.

Each of the hearings will be preceded by an open forum, at which people can talk about any topic related to Metro operations, not just the budget proposals that the board eventually will vote on.

The public hearings, which will begin at 7 on each of the nights listed below, are required whenever Metro proposes a fare increase or a service cut. The open forums, which begin an hour earlier, are a bit more elaborate then the ones that Metro has held.

The transit authority says the forums will include a video presentation on Metro’s rebuilding program, tables staffed by senior Metrobus, Metrorail, MetroAccess, SmarTrip and police officials, and a place where people can submit answers to an online survey about Metro’s priorities. They also can submit written comments, Metro says.

See Metro’s docket for the public hearings.

See a story by Lori Aratani and Dana Hedgpeth about the fare increase proposals.

Registering to speak

Metro asks that people who want to speak at the hearings submit their name, address, telephone number and organization affiliation, if any, to the Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. They also can submit the requests by fax to 202-962-1133 or by e-mail to

The transit authority asks that the submissions refer to the hearing number. I’ve listed the hearing numbers in the following schedule.

Monday, Feb. 27

Hearing 569: Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda

Wednesday, Feb. 29

Hearing 570: Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Cafeteria, 7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church

Thursday, March 1

Hearing 571: Matthews Memorial Baptist Church, John H. Kearney, Sr. Fellowship Hall, 2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, the District

Monday, March 5

Hearing 572: Washington Lee High School Cafeteria, 1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington

Tuesday, March 6

Hearing 573: St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW, the District

Wednesday, March 7

Hearing 574: First United Methodist Church, 6201 Belcrest Rd., Hyattsville