The Metro: Who Benefits, Who Pays

Readers responde to change in direction of Washington DC subway fare policies More costs to the riders, reduced payments from the local governments
May 11, 2004, 2pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Metro admits that its shortsighted plan to increase fares again -- and refund millions of dollars in subsidies to local governments -- will force 17,000 riders a day off the system [ Passengers Would Bear More of Metro's Cost], Metro, April 30.] We'll start driving, and no one wants 17,000 former Metro riders merging into their lane.... Local taxpayers reap returns many times over from their investments in Metro. Less traffic means less money spent on road repairs; more tourists means more hotel and restaurant tax revenue; and a convenient commute means a stronger local economy (and more tax revenue). Riders already pay more than half of the system's expenses, far more than the national average..."

Thanks to Richard Layman

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Published on Thursday, May 6, 2004 in The Washington Post
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