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Metro fares increases and new rail system hours will take effect Sunday, June 25, 2017

by Prince Of Petworth May 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm 56 Comments

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“Metro today announced that changes to fares, schedules and rail system hours will take effect Sunday, June 25, 2017. The changes, approved by the Board of Directors earlier this year, are part of an effort to rightsize service, close a budget gap and provide needed time for new categories of preventive maintenance to improve safety and reliability.

Among the changes taking effect, most fares on Metrobus and Metrorail will increase between 10-25 cents; some low-ridership bus routes will be discontinued; trains will arrive slightly less frequently during rush hour; and Metrorail system hours will be adjusted to provide an additional eight hours of track access weekly to improve safety and service reliability.

To ensure customers are prepared for the changes, Metro will conduct extensive outreach in the weeks leading up to the June 25 change day, including signage aboard vehicles, at rail stations and key bus stops, MetroAlerts email and text messages, social media, and handouts distributed to customers at high-traffic locations. Information can also be found at wmata.com/changes.

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Some Metrobus routes will add trips to provide service in key corridors that no longer have late night or early weekend rail service.

Fare Changes

For Metrorail customers, most fares will increase by 10-25 cents. A new one-day unlimited rail/bus pass will be available for $14.75, while the monthly SelectPass will continue to be the best value option for regular rail customers.

Regular Metrobus fares will rise to $2, a 25 cent increase from $1.75 and still among the lowest bus fare nationally. In response to concerns from riders, Metro will keep its unlimited, seven-day bus pass priced at $17.50 to allow frequent bus riders to avoid the quarter-per-trip increase.

Express bus fares will increase from $4 today to $4.25, and Airport buses (Routes 5A and B30) will increase from $7.00 to $7.50.

MetroAccess fares will continue to be calculated at two times the fastest comparable fixed-route rate, with the maximum charge of $6.50 remaining the same. Daily parking rates will change at all Metro-operated facilities.

Rail Service Changes

During weekday rush periods, rail service will operate as follows:

Trains will depart endpoints every 8 minutes on each line.
At stations served by more than one line, trains will arrive every 3-4 minutes.
Additional Red Line service will run between Grosvenor and Silver Spring, resulting in trains arriving every 4 minutes between those stations.
Service will become more frequent for Blue Line riders, where trains are now scheduled every 12 minutes.

In addition, Yellow Rush+ will be eliminated. All Yellow Line trains will run between Huntington and Mt Vernon Sq during weekday rush periods, and between Huntington and Fort Totten at other times.

No changes are being made to off-peak service.

Bus Service Changes

The following routes will have new timetables that reflect schedule changes, added or discontinued trips, or trip time adjustments.

District of Columbia: 30N, 30S, 42, 43, 52, 54, 64, 70, 80, 90, 92, 96, A2, A6, A8, D8, E4, E6, G2, G8, H4, H8, L2, N2, N4, N6, S1, S2, S4, S9, W4, X2

Maryland: 89, B30, C4, C11, C13, C21, C22, C26, F4, F13, H11, H12, H13, J2, J5, K6, P12, P17, P18, P19, Q1, Q4, T2, W13, W14, W19, Y2, Y7, Y8, Z7

Virginia: 1A, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2T, 5A, 7W, 7X, 10A, 10N, 13Y, 15K, 15L, 16B, 16E, 16J, 16P, 16Y, 17A, 17B, 17F, 17M, 18P, 18R, 18S, 23B, 28A, 28X, 38B, REX

For more information about the changes to fares, service and hours of operation that take effect on June 25, visit wmata.com/changes.”

  • NH Ave Hiker

    Well that’s annoying, I’m going to have to recertify for my commuting benefits.

  • chai_town

    Of course the metro page to explain the changes and show the new timetables doesn’t work.

    • Carey

      I noticed that too. That page probably died from smoke inhalation.

      • FridayGirl


    • Anonymous

      And when you get to the page (actually a press release) that is supposed to explain the changes in the bus scheduled, there is a link that should be for the new schedules, but only links to the current schedules.

    • lizcolleena

      It’s working now…

      Metrobus Changes
      Schedule Changes
      The following routes will have new timetables that reflect schedule changes, added or discontinued trips, or trip time adjustments.

      District of Columbia: 30N, 30S, 42, 43*, 52, 54, 64, 70, 80, 90, 92, 96, A2, A6, A8, D8, E4, E6*, G2*, G8, H4, H8, L2, N2*, N4*, N6*, S1*, S2*, S4*, S9*, W4, X2

      Maryland: 89, B30*, C4, C11, C13, C21, C22, C26, F4, F13*, H11, H12, H13, J2, J5*, K6, P12, P17*, P18*, P19*, Q1, Q4, T2, W13*, W14*, W19*, Y2, Y7, Y8, Z7

      Virginia: 1A, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2T*, 5A, 7W, 7X*, 10A, 10N*, 13Y*, 15K*, 15L*, 16B, 16E, 16J, 16P, 16Y, 17A*, 17B*, 17F*, 17M*, 18P*, 18R*, 18S*, 23B, 28A*, 28X*, 38B, REX*

      * See additional service change information about these routes below.

      Service Changes
      Service on the following bus routes will be changed or eliminated. Changes may impact service to some bus stops and Metrorail stations.


      43 Mount Pleasant
      Afternoon buses will begin service at a new stop along westbound I (Eye) Street west of 14th Street NW. Buses will no longer serve Franklin Square.

      E6 Chevy Chase
      Buses will operate a long-term detour due to the closure of Oregon Avenue NW to accommodate utility work. The new schedule reflects adjusted trip times.

      G2 P Street-LeDroit Park
      N2, N4, N6 Massachusetts Avenue
      Buses will resume service along P Street between 18th Street and Dupont Circle NW due to the completion of long-term construction.

      S1 16th Street-Potomac Park
      All morning trips will serve stops along northbound 14th Street between Buchanan Street and Missouri Avenue NW.

      S2, S4 16th Street
      S9 16th Street Limited
      Route S2 and S4 service will be simplified, with most trips operating between Federal Triangle and Silver Spring. Service at stops along 14th Street NW will be discontinued, with alternate service available on Route S1. Additional Route S9 limited-stop trips will be added to the schedule, including trips between 16th Street & Missouri Avenue NW and Franklin Square during morning rush hour; and between Franklin Square and 16th Street & Colorado Avenue NW during afternoon rush hour.

      • FridayGirl

        Wait, so they’re putting even *more* burden on the S1 that already has problems and is standing room only by 7:20am and 4:45pm on many days?

      • CTAM

        Why would they move the 43 stop a block away from the 42 and Circulator stops that service the same route and neighborhood??

        • kytnho

          Because there’s too much bus congestion at Franklin Square, especially during the PM rush (which is when the 43 runs here). The 43 also starts at I & 14th, so it makes sense to move it out of the way of other buses that are running through the area (not laying over).

        • FridayGirl

          Because they’re stupid.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    I wish WMATA was a person so I could beat them to death. “Pay more for less!” – F*$k you, Metro!

    • Kevin

      So, as DC and VA have repeatedly said they won’t pay more money to Metro, what would you actually suggest?

      I’ll never understand why people are so angry about fair increases. Spoiler alert: everything is more expensive than it was a decade ago! This is how our economy works.

      Now, you want to yell at the feds, or Prince William County, great. Go nuts. That kind of activism is what Metro needs. The kind of nonsens you’ve written: unhelpful.

      • Franny


        If Metro wasn’t already the most expensive Mass Transit Ride in the United States, I would kinda agree with you, but it costs nearly 20% more per passenger mile to operate Metro rail than it does the NYC Subway. Almost 30% more than Chicago’s or Boston’s systems.

        A system that many decades newer than those systems and (atleast in NYC) in far more expensive labor markets, shouldn’t cost that much more to operate. Period.

      • Leeran

        They could also not cut service at the same time. This isn’t just about funding. WMATA general receives what it asks for from the jurisdictions.

        Ridership is collapsing year over year, people are voting with their feet, and we’re about to raise fares and cut service. Where do you think this is heading?

        • oiernegrin

          Cutting service saves money – how is that not a funding-related issue? Also, WMATA absolutely does not receive what it asks for from the jurisdictions. What planet have you been living on?

        • Blithe

          Cutting services will likely lead to a decrease in passengers and fares, thereby possibly increasing the downward spiral. I agree with Leeran — it’s easier, for me, at least, to tolerate small increases in the fares than it is to have earlier and less consistent “last train” times. If I have to take two trains, each of which runs less frequently, possibly with additional delays due to track work, that might mean having to leave an event by 9 in order to avoid being stranded if the system shuts down at 11. Metro is my preferred transportation option, and we’re reaching the point where that’s becoming untenable, even for me.

      • Anon5

        Federal funding. Most WMATA customers or Federal employees or contractors, and they get subsidized trips.

        I’ve traveled to about 30 countries and D.C. has the most expensive public transportation network of any country or city I’ve visited.

        $14.75 for a one-day pass is insane. You can ride the London Underground all day in zones 1 and 2 for the equivalent of $8.50 and London is a much larger and more expensive city than D.C.

      • Anon5

        WMATA should also hire a sufficient number of employees and eliminate all overtime. Train operators shouldn’t be earning $80k+ per year.

  • JL

    This is why I’d rather take my bike or an Uber….

    • maxwell smart

      and honestly, UberPool is cheaper than metro and sometimes only slightly more expensive than the bus, and even with the pick-up/drop-off of a passenger or two, faster than either metro or bus.

      • Leeran

        I guess in its current state, perhaps… when Metro’s running properly it’s the fastest way to get across town, especially if you’re not transferring. No traffic, etc. Sad to see it deteriorate to where it is today.

    • Effie

      Welp, c’mon everyone, those that are physically able to-time to commit to riding our bikes

  • hungeegirl

    wmata.com/changes doesn’t seem to work..

  • Carey

    I think that WMATA is trying to scare the various jurisdictions into providing dedicated funding. And it’s not gonna work.

  • FridayGirl
    • FridayGirl

      In other news, I’m going to start walking more or being sure to take the Circulator — $2 for a one-way trip on the bus seems silly.

  • Ben

    >In addition, Yellow Rush+ will be eliminated.
    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Being able to straight shot a Yellow line from Petworth to Arlington was awesome.

    • Emmaleigh504

      yeah, I’m gonna miss Rush Plus

  • textdoc

    “In addition, Yellow Rush+ will be eliminated. All Yellow Line trains will run between Huntington and Mt Vernon Sq during weekday rush periods, and between Huntington and Fort Totten at other times.” So now rush hour service is going to be more like Rush Minus, not Rush Plus.

    • AVEnue

      This has always confused me. What is the benefit of reducing Yellow Line trains during rush hour? Why wouldn’t they continue normal YL service all the way from Huntington-Ft Totten? All other lines run their full lengths during rush hour, why doesn’t YL do the same?

      • eaoirn

        Turning yellow line trains around at Mount Vernon Square lets you run the yellow line more frequently with a given number of trains than if you turn the trains at Fort Totten.

        • AVEnue

          that sucks but makes sense I guess. Really really not looking forward to the 8 minute headways. Its been really irritating during safe track and it is going to be a royal pain when it is permanent.

        • lizcolleena

          Doesn’t that favor the southern commuters though? It’s part of the reason I never take metro, because half the time I have to wait double the time to get to Columbia Heights where I live. The bus is faster and cheaper, though service cuts on the 50 line have been a pain.

          • textdoc

            I guess it favors people from taking the Yellow Line from VA into the city.

    • FridayGirl

      Seriously. You think it’d be the other way around.

    • Yeah, I am sick as hell of having to transfer at Gallery Place right now; I was hoping that was temporary. I could just switch from red to green to yellow but that too is a pain.

    • tke98

      I don’t mind Yellow Rush + which was essentially the Yellow Line running on the Green and Blue lines, but I am pissed that the very busy corridor between Ft. Totten and Mt. Vernon will not be served by a yellow line train during rush hour. That makes absolutely no sense. It’s been a pain for the past two months, and now it is being made permanent without any warning or discussion. I don’t recall this every being on the chopping block in the various discussions regarding cutbacks. sigh!

      • eaoirn

        The elimination of yellow line rush+ service was absolutely part of the the docket that went to public hearing on January 30.

        Page 4: https://www.wmata.com/initiatives/budget/upload/B17-01-and-B17-02-Docket-English.pdf

      • FridayGirl

        So just to get this straight, I live near the U St Metro (13th Street Exit). Now when I want to go to DCA after June 25, I have to walk all the way over to the other metro entrance until they finish fixing the escalators, take a green line train to Mt. Vernon and then transfer to the Yellow line the rest of the way? Is that right? At this point I should just Uber, and I *hate* Uber/Lyft.
        Is this also in effect right now, as tke98 implies. (I honestly haven’t used the metro since early-March because it’s a pain in the ass. And I was planning on taking it to the airport in a week.)

        • textdoc

          It looks like you’ll be able to take a Yellow Line train directly from U Street to National, but only if it’s not rush hour.

          • FridayGirl

            Ugh! That’s no good. Thank you.
            (I usually fly in the morning so I leave at the same time as I leave for work. Boooo.)

  • Pleasanter

    This just seems like a slow and terrible death spiral for WMATA. Reduce service, raise fares, and what do you get? Reduced ridership, less revenue/budget for necessary repairs and improvements, more reduced ridership. This is just painful. I’m glad and lucky that I can bike to work.

  • Eric comments

    If Metro would reduce service to one train an hour, that would help with on time performance. Running fewer trains would allow Metro to increase salaries for the employees and less maintenance would be needed for the trains. It sounds like a solid solution and if the fares increase a little, it would be OK, because people wouldn’t be able to use it as often so their overall expenditure would decrease.

    • Pleasanter

      Are you being serious? How would one train an hour accommodate current ridership?

      • FridayGirl

        I think he was being sarcastic.

        • Pleasanter

          Internet tone is so hard to read! :)

          • FridayGirl

            It is. (It doesn’t help that some people would actually say stuff equally as crazy seriously. I feel like sarcasm has been destroyed by the rise of stupidity…)

  • also anon

    It really bothers me that those yellow “6 car train ends here” platform signs were never rolled out systemwide. They’ve been “tested” at Metro Center for a long time now. I can’t imagine why you would need to test something like that or even what argument could be used to say that they haven’t been successful.

    • Anonymous

      They don’t work well at some stations, like Smithsonian, where the tourists get to the bottom of the escalator and don’t realize that there is a “6 car train ends here” sticker about one car-length further up than where they are standing, and also blocking the way for other passengers trying to get to where the 6 car trains will stop.

  • stacksp

    Prices go up every year while service and the overall ridership experience declines every year.

    • oweirgneroi

      The last time fares went up was on June 29, 2014 – three years ago. Feel free to complain about Metro, but at least try to get your facts straight.

  • Soon-to-be neighbor

    I currently live in a city (Eastern Europe) where a subway train arrives every 60-90 seconds during rush hour, every three minutes during the day, and every 5-7 minutes late in the evening. This summer, I will be moving to Washington, DC. It makes me sad that the subway’s rush hour service will be slower than my current city’s late night service, and cost significantly more per ride. I was hoping to find an apartment near a metro station, but it sounds like it might not be worth the rent premium. As long as I’m within 5-10 km from places I frequent, I can walk or cycle everywhere.

    • Contessa of Cleveland Park

      Yes, I recall visiting Vienna (Austria) where people gawked at me like I was from Mars when I acted like a normal Washingtonian​, clambering down the escalator to catch the waiting train. Two reasons that was a blooper. First, escalators in Vienna (and frankly in most cities) are a lot faster than Metro’s. Second, trains are much more frequent…who cares about missing this train, another’ll come along in 2 minutes.

      I learned fast. And then reverted to form when I came back home. Honestly, our Metro might impress the family from Fargo, but not the volk from Vienna or the locals from London.

      • FridayGirl

        Same in Korea (and I believe China, as well). I miss it so much. I actually *want* to take the subway there!
        But welcome, soon-to-be neighbor! We’re happy to have you! (I would strongly recommend looking into living near major bus routes. Buses still win out over the subway, in my book.)

  • JB

    Can we ban the use of the Orwellian term “rightsizing”?


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