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Metro Holds Public Hearings On Fare Hikes

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The first of six public hearings on proposed Metro fare hikes takes place Monday at 6 p.m.
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The first of six public hearings on proposed Metro fare hikes takes place Monday at 6 p.m.

Anytime Metro plans to increase fares, it must hold public hearings allowing riders to give their opinion. The first of those hearings for this round of proposed fare hikes will take place at 6 p.m. at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center in Montgomery County.

Metro's budget for the fiscal year 2013 will take effect in June. In order to meet the proposed operating budget of $1.6 billion, the Metro Board of Directors has proposed a $53 million increase in funding for area jurisdictions and an additional $66 million in increased revenues from fares.

Alongside a 5 percent fare hike for both rail and bus riders, the increases are said to be structured in a way that will simplify the fare structure and encourage SmarTrip use, likely with increased rates for paper fare cards.

Later this week, there will be hearings in southeast D.C. and Falls Church. A week from today, the final hearing will be held in Arlington.  The current proposal from Metro calls for a 5-percent fare hike for both rail and bus riders.

For more information on where these meetings take place and how to register to speak at the hearings, visit the WMATA website.

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