Metro Fares Rise Today

That’s right, the grim day has finally come when Metro has raised its fares for all commuters. So, remember to fuel up your metro farecards in the morning with a bit extra to cover the new fares. You’re pretty much boned if you have to park, as parking’s going up too, meaning you could be paying Metro an extra $500 or so in 2008 if that’s how you come into town.

What’s interesting is that the fare increase will cost Metro another $363,000 just in new signage and reprogramming of the machines just to handle the fare increase, itself. The Democrats are using this an opportunity to bash Sen. Coburn (R-OK) for blocking a bill to provide $1.5B in matching fundings for the transit system. Sen. Coburn suggests that any increase in funding should be met with a decrease in funding. Anyone have a good source of $1.5B in the federal budget they might want to see cut?

2 Comments so far

  1. Krempasky (unregistered) on January 6th, 2008 @ 4:44 pm

    Just one?

  2. Joseph LeBlanc (unregistered) on January 6th, 2008 @ 7:44 pm

    Assuming normal ridership, they’ll make back $363,000 by Tuesday evening on just the increase of the base rail fare. Of course, that first part is key ;)

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