One of the pieces of the fare increase that has gotten a lot of press is that “peak of the peak” fares have been eliminated.
Yes and No?
The Good News is: yes there will not be a 90 minute window where you will be charged more than some other fare.
In terms of pricing?
The (mostly) Bad News is: just about everyone loses here.
Peak of the peak fare payers
Many of you will be paying more for the new Peak fares than you did for peak of the peak!
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For those of you who have been paying attention – you know that the Board voted to increase bus and rail fares effective July 1, 2012.
What I don’t think has been properly put out in the mainstream media is how much that this is going to cost you: especially if you are an off-peak rail rider.
I spent this past weekend pulling station mileage data from the wmata.com website. By Wednesday I’ll have an online tool that you can use to compare your fares now to the ones that will be in effect on July 1 (Both peak and off peak rail fares will be available).
While the public comment period for the Budget and fare proposals is officially closed – the Board itself will not come to a final decision for around 60 days.
For those 60 days, I will continue to make my voice heard in the “public court” and hope that my readership (and the ridership) will continue to amplify this simple 2 point message:
The fare structure instituted in March 2010 was wrong.
The fare structure needs to be changed in a way that is equitable.
This past weekend I received a link to the Finance committee’s presentation to the Board. You can listen to it here.