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Public comment open on Metro fare hike, service reduction

 

A subway train arrives at the L'Enfant Metro Station in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, which is part of the public mass transit network for Washington. The transit network in the nation's capital, remains hobbled after an electrical malfunction that filled a L'Enfant Metro subway station with smoke, killing one woman and sending dozens of people to hospitals. The NTSB is investigating the incident, which happened at the beginning of the Monday afternoon rush hour. It led to the first fatality on Washington's Metro system since a 2009 crash that killed eight passengers and a train operator. NTSB investigator Michael Flanigon told reporters that an electrical "arcing" involving the high-voltage third rail led a train to stop in a tunnel and filled the tunnel with smoke. An arcing occurs when electricity from the third rail comes into contact with another substance that conducts electricity, such as water. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

A subway train arrives at the L’Enfant Metro Station in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, which is part of the public mass transit network for Washington. 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington’s Metro subway system is accepting public comment on a proposal to raise fares and reduce services.

The cuts are being considered as a way to reduce the amount of money that Metro will be requesting from eight local jurisdictions that fund the system. Right now, they’re being asked to kick in $919 million in the upcoming budget year.

Metro says raising rail and bus fares by 10 cents per ride would produce $22 million in revenue. Metro is also considering increasing the time between trains from six to eight minutes during peak hours, and cutting or scaling back some bus routes.

Metro will take public comment about the proposal at a 1 p.m. Thursday hearing at its headquarters in northwest Washington. Others can comment on Metro’s website,http://www.wmata.com/ .

 

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