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Metro approves budget with no fare increase

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metro logoWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Metro Board of Directors unanimously voted to not increase fares when it approved its operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year 2019, providing at least one year of fare relief after an increase to fares last year.

Finance committee chairman Michael Goldman, who represents Montgomery County, said a highlight in the approved operating budget was the absence of service cuts and fare increases.

“[Maintaining fares and service levels], that reduced the amount of controversy and it also sticks to the general manager’s commitment to keep the subsidy [request] increase to the jurisdictions to 3 percent from the prior year,” Goldman said Thursday.

WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld in his proposed FY ’19 budget said he planned to put a 3 percent cap, or limit, on the semi-annual increase in operating budget requests to the funding jurisdictions. A year ago, Metro’s Board of Directors approved and adopted the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, which included fare increases to both bus and rail. The Metro Board raised fares for FY ’18 by 25 cents per bus trip and about 10 cents per mile on Metrorail. Spokesperson Dan Stessel said at the time it was the first fare increase in three years, and that normally the board of directors follows a model of increasing fares every other year.

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Metro may close up to 20 stops - raise fares

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Metro staff is proposing that the agency take 20 stations out of service midday and on weekends, raise fares, cut 300 staff, and request more money from D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Metro staff said in a report for the Board Finance Committee Metro will have to fill a budget gap of $275 million for fiscal year 2018. Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld is scheduled to present his proposed operating budget in November.

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Metro proposes fare increase

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WMATA metro logoROCKVILLE – Less than a week after a Metro accident left one person dead and 83 others hospitalized, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) has announced plans to raise fares while offering less service.

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