Thursday, January 28, 2010

DC Metro raises fares March 1 in lieu of more service cuts

The Washington DC Metro system is facing runaway problems with safety, service cuts and fare hikes. Today, Thursday, Jan. 28, the Metro Board approved an emergency across the board 10 cent fare hike, effective March 1, 2010 (apparently just through June 30).

The system has been plagued by slowdowns, delays, and single tracking and station closures for track maintenance, which was not common in the 1990s, as well as a number of serious accidents resulting in fatalities, the largest occurring last June.

The WJLA story is here.

Some cuts have involved weekend late night service, which is essential for nightlife and bar life in the Cy, which does not have enough parking and which has recently stiffly increased parking in evenings and Saturdays. Also, service cuts could lead to more DUI problems.

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