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    Metro fare hikes unlikely to affect Phase 2

    On Dec. 5, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board of directors voted to expand budget discussions-which might cause a Metro fare hike in 2014.

    "The proposed fare increase for Metrorail is 3 percent, which applies to both peak and off-peak and to the boarding fee," according to a presentation given to the CEO and general manager of WMATA's board of directors.

    A 3 percent increase would raise the average ride by 10 cents.

    Should the proposal be approved, it would take affect in July 2014, three months after Phase 1 of the Silver Line is expected to be open to the public.

    Because the funding of the Silver Line does not come from WMATA Phase 2 of the Silver Line project will not be affected by the increases.

    Also, since the Silver Line isn't expected to be open until 2018, a fare increase now is unlikely to have an affect on the future price of a fare.


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