Metro released a revised budget proposal Monday that will ward off severe service cuts previously proposed in December, but it will include significant fare hikes and other service reductions following the transportation system’s $750 million budget shortfall.
The proposal needs to be approved in three jurisdictions (Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) before the transit system can avoid devastating cuts to bus and Metrorail services, the Washington Post reported.
To close the budget deficit, Metrorail and Metrobus fares would climb 12.5%, which would raise the current $2 fare to $2.25 and increase the maximum fare from $6 to $6.75. Metro said it would do more to combat fare evasion, such as implementing high barriers at fare gates, according to the outlet. On weekends and late nights, fare hikes would increase by up to 25%. Riders