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MetroAccess serves people who cannot travel on Metrobus and Metrorail.
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MetroAccess serves people who cannot travel on Metrobus and Metrorail.

Disabled Washington area residents are facing significantly higher fares starting this month on MetroAccess. Officials at Metro say the price of travel on the para-transit service will nearly double beginning Feb. 27.

Use of the service surged 14 percent last year to 2.1 million trips and is projected to increase to 3.6 million trips by 2014.

The agency's auditors have expressed concern about that jump in ridership since, according to published data, each one-way trip costs Metro about $40.

Right now, trips cost the rider $3 one way within three-quarters of a mile of Metro's bus and rail system. Officials at Metro estimate the average MetroAccess one-way trip will be approximately $5 once the increase takes place.

The new fare will be based on the time and distance a rider travels.

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