Take a hike

No one really wants or likes to see transit fares hike up, but the hikes unveiled in the Washington, D.C. Metro seem quite reasonable to me.  Austin got into trouble when fare hike discussions began because they hadn’t made any changes to fares in quite some time, so the correction seemed fairly drastic to many of those most affected (disabled, seniors, impoverished, etc.).  Washington seems to have done this more prudently, with a ten cent increase that, evidently, will stave off service cuts.  That seems to be the exception, rather than the rule, in transit nationally these days, but I hope it becomes a trend–absorbable increases in fares, rather than service cuts.

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