Metro Riders Criticize Plans To Raise Fares

Transit Agency Holds Public Hearing

By Brandon Benavides
|  Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 11:16 AM EDT
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Metro Riders Criticize Plans To Raise Fares

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Metro’s proposal to raise fares is not going over well.

Tuesday night, a crowd of frustrated metro riders told the transit agency they don't want to pay higher fares.
 
Metro is proposing a price hike to help pay for safety improvements.
 
The agency wants to increase off peak Smar-Trip fares by 10 cents, and more for those who buy paper tickets.     

Metro will hold five more public meetings:

Wednesday, Feb. 29
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Cafeteria – Hearing 570
7130 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA

Thursday, March 1
Matthews Memorial Baptist Church – Hearing 571
John H. Kearney, Sr. Fellowship Hall
2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE
Washington, DC

Monday, March 5
Washington Lee High School Cafeteria – Hearing 572
1301 N Stafford St
Arlington, VA

Tuesday, March 6
St. Columba’s Episcopal Church – Hearing 573
4201 Albemarle Street, NW
Washington, DC

Wednesday, March 7
First United Methodist Church – Hearing 574
6201 Belcrest Road
Hyattsville, MD

Open forums for the hearings begin at 6 p.m. each night, followed by the public hearings at 7 p.m.

For more infomation, on how to sign up to speak at one of the hearings or to submit evidence, click here.

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