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Metro approves Blue Line split, discusses fare structure

Thursday - 10/13/2011, 2:31pm  ET

Adam Tuss, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Members of the Metro board Thursday moved forward with splitting a rail route and discussed possible changes to its fare structure.

The transit agency's Board of Directors gave preliminary approval to a split of the Blue Line -- a change that would send more trains over the Yellow Line Bridge and increase capacity into the downtown D.C. core.

Metro says the shift could push 20 to 33 percent of current Blue Line riders to the Yellow Line. The move also would free up space for the incoming Silver Line expansion to Dulles Airport.

These changes are not expected to take effect until June. You can view a map reflecting the new routes discussed below.

The board additionally discussed possible changes to Metro's fare structure, including the idea of charging per number of stations traveled. For example, a five-station trip could cost 50 cents plus a base fare.

Metro general manager Richard Sarles says staff will have recommendations on the fare structure in January, but no radical changes will take place right away.

The board also was expected to approve some new names for stations Thursday, but instead put the discussion on hold.

Among the name changes recommended by Metro staff are :

  • Changing "King Street" to include "Old Town" in smaller print below
  • Changing "Waterfront SEU" to "Waterfront"
  • Adding a universal (H) symbol to "Forest Glen" to show Holy Cross Hospital is nearby
  • Including "Ballpark" in smaller print below "Navy Yard"

Revised Metro Map

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