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Metro to Hike Fares, Cut Service Starting This Summer

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    Metro approved fare hikes and some bus service cuts on Thursday. News4 Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss explains.

    (Published Thursday, March 23, 2017)

    In a bid to close a $290 million budget gap, Metro will increase fare on bus and rail lines and cut service starting in July.

    On Thursday morning, the board unanimously approved the changes.

    Metro Fare Hikes, Service Cuts Get Preliminary Approval

    [DC] Metro Fare Hikes, Service Cuts Get Preliminary Approval

    A plan to raise Metro fares and cut some service took another step forward on Thursday with a vote by the transit agency's board of directors. News4 Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss has details on the proposed changes and when they could be put in place.

    (Published Thursday, March 9, 2017)

    The changes will raise Metro peak rail fare by $0.10, off-peak rail fare by $0.25 and bus fare by $0.25. These increases will raise an estimated $21 million in fiscal 2018, Metro said.

    Additionally, the plan would increase time between trains and eliminate the bus routes determined to be inefficient. Those cuts would save an estimated $29 million.

    Metro board chairman Jack Evans said he does not think the fare increases and service cuts will drive away riders. 

    "I think what drives Metro riders away is just one thing, and it's reliability. I don't think safety drives Metro riders away. I think this is a much safer system than people think," he said. "It is a costly system." 

    Metro Could Cut Bus Routes To Close Budget Gap

    [DC] Metro Could Cut Bus Routes To Close Budget Gap

    Metro may raise fares and discontinue 13 bus routes to help close a budget gap. There's a vote on that subject Thursday night. News4 Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss rode one of those routes -- the 2T that runs from Dun Loring through Vienna and up to Tysons -- and explains what's at stake.

    (Published Tuesday, March 7, 2017)

    General Manager Paul Wiedefeld spoke about protecting Metro.

    "What this system means to the region in the future is huge," he said.

    Metro will cut service to these bus lines:

    DC

    S2, S4, S9: Convert S2 and S4 trips to S9 trips

    Maryland

    C11, C13: Reduce frequency

    B30: Weekday only service, increase headway to 1 hour

    J5: Eliminate service

    H11, H12, H13: Reduce frequency

    J7, J9: Eliminate service in October

    T2: Reduce frequency

    W19: Eliminate service

    P17, P18, P19 Turn back at Southern Avenue

    W13, W14: Turn back at Southern Avenue

    Z7: Reduce frequency

    Virginia

    18P, 18R, 18S: Eliminate 18R, improve 18P

    28A, 28X: Eliminate service on Priority Corridor Network (PCN) Transit Signal Priority (TSP) corridor, improve 28A

    15K, 15L: Eliminate Rosslyn branch, service EFC

    5A: Reduce frequency

    7W, 7X: Eliminate 7X service, improve 7W

    13Y: Eliminate service

    2T: Eliminate service

    17A, 17B, 17F, 17M: Eliminate 17A, keep 17M and truncated 17B

    REX: Extend route and reduce frequency

    2B: Reduce weekday peak frequency

    Unsurprisingly, the threat of service cuts are not popular with riders.

    "I need the bus" daily 2T bus rider Ruth Garcinizo, who does not have a drivers license, said earlier this month.

    Metro has cut hundreds of positions and will use some federal grants to help close the gap.

    Earlier this month, Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said the fare hike and service cuts are necessary. 

    “I recognize that even with some relief for customers, this proposal is tough medicine for the region, jurisdictions, riders and Metro employees, all of whom must contribute to balance this budget," he said.

    Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.