Metro Proposing Fare Increase For 2014 | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Metro Proposing Fare Increase For 2014

Play associated audio
Under a new Metro proposal, riders will be forking up higher fares.
Under a new Metro proposal, riders will be forking up higher fares.

Metro raises fares every other year, and next year it's due for an increase.

On Thursday the Metro board will take up a proposed three percent hike for rail fares. It would raise the cost of the average train ride to $3.00. All bus fares will would be $1.75. Right now they are $1.60 with SmarTrip, $1.80 cash.

This news comes at a time when Metro says its service is getting better, although some riders say they don't see the improvement with their own eyes, especially after so many problems on the Red Line recently.

"All the breakdowns when you are in a hurry and trying to get to work. It's outrageous." says Peter Isikoff, who gets on the Red Line at Silver Spring. "I now always ask the manager in the little kiosk, I always ask him in the morning, are there any problems on the Red Line? I am not going to get on unless I know there aren't any problems."

Metro says on-time performance is improving and more escalators are working than at anytime in the past several years. This winter and next spring, there will be public hearings on the proposed fare increase that is part of Metro's fiscal year 2014 budget.


Patton Oswalt Tweets In Defense Of Comedy — And Trevor Noah

South African comedian Trevor Noah has been criticized for some tweets that critics say are sexist and anti-Semitic. Among his supporters is Oswalt, who took to Twitter to make his point.

Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows

Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallowed fields and emergency water measures.

Indiana Law: Sorting Fact From Fiction From Politics

The culture wars are always percolating beneath the surface in presidential politics. And as is often the case in controversies, the facts have become muddled and conflated.
WAMU 88.5

Uber Tweaks Airport Pickups To Create 'Virtual Queue'

Faced with rules that prevent its drivers from hanging out on airport property waiting for rides, Uber is tweaking its system for ride-hailing pick-ups at Reagan National and Dulles International airports.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.