Metro’s longest distance riders — suburban commuters — are likely to bear the brunt of new fare hikes, especially those who ride during the least busy times.
Metro has said that the fare increase that the board preliminarily approved last week will raise rail fares by an average 5.7 percent. But for those traveling the longest distance, fares will jump 15 percent during peak travel and 27 percent during off-peak times.
Those who drive to the stations — also more common for suburban commuters — will have to pay 25 cents more as well for parking. That’s $1.75 more in total per day for a round trip.
McKay, who was forced out from Metro in January to make way for a state appointee, fought parking fee increases in his four years on the board. “I think I was the only member of the Metro board who thought it was part of the rider’s fare,” he said.”It’s a doubly whammy for people who live in suburban areas,” said former Metro board member and current Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay. “And these are the areas where Metro really needs to be increasing transit use.”
Driving into downtown and parking will become cheaper than taking Metro for some commuters, he said. That in turn raises congestion, hurting air quality and clogging the region’s economic arteries.
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