WMATA Metrorail: Minimal service? Minimum fare.
  • Petitioned Washington Metropolitian Area Transit Authority

This petition was delivered to:

Washington Metropolitian Area Transit Authority
General Manager, WMATA
Richard Sarles
WMATA
Board of Directors

WMATA Metrorail: Minimal service? Minimum fare.

    1. Jonathan Rice
    2. Petition by

      Jonathan Rice

      Bethesda, MD

Metrorail continues to have numerous service problems. From the infrequent trains to constant delays and closings, the system often fails commuters. Even so, WMATA chooses to raise fares each year, forcing customers to pay a premium for poor service.

Here's a simple proposal: if Metro has a major delay or system issue, everyone that entered the system during the failure pays the minimum fare. WMATA shouldn't be able to charge the rush hour rate if they can't get us to work on time.

If Metro provides minimal service, customers should only have to pay the minimum fare.

Commuters shouldn't have to pay a premium for poor service. For many, Metro has become an obscenely expensive system that we nevertheless must rely on to get around the DC area. It's time to stop the excuses and act like a respected transportation operation:

No service? No exorbitant fares. Fix the system.

Together, we can start a greater conversation about ways Metro can get better right now. We're creating a community of commuters to fix the DC Metro system! 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Minimum Metro fare in return for miserable service?

      Jonathan Rice
      Petition Organizer

      The Washington Post's Dr. Gridlock featured "Minimal service, minimum fare" is his column on Sunday, August 26th on page C2. Read it there or check out the piece online: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/metro-riders-protest-charge-minimum-for-minimal-service/2012/08/24/a15c2d1a-e59c-11e1-8741-940e3f6dbf48_story.html

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Bethesda Metro-Rider Politicking For Lower Fares

      Jonathan Rice
      Petition Organizer

      BethesdaNow.com, a new local news start-up, wrote about the petition's inception and the goal of creating a community of commuters to change Metrorail.

    4. Metro"fail": D.C.'s rail system

      Jonathan Rice
      Petition Organizer

      Nothing like community support. Silver Chips Online, the Online Student Newspaper of Montgomery Blair High School, writes on how "Minimal service? Minimum fare" is a practical step towards reforming metro!

    5. WUSA9 Mentions Minimum Fare Petition

      Jonathan Rice
      Petition Organizer

      WUSA9, a local news channel, has picked up the petition on their afternoon TV broadcast.

    6. One Metrorail rider’s hope to make service meet cost

      Jonathan Rice
      Petition Organizer

      The Gazette, the newspaper for Maryland community news, picked up a story about the petition, bringing it to a much wider audience!

    7. Reached 50 signatures
    8. POLITICO links to "Minimal service, Minimum fare"

      Jonathan Rice
      Petition Organizer

      POLITICO's Morning Transportation let it's readers know that signing the petition is a way forward and better than just tweeting.

    9. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Michael Kleinhanz FAIRFAX, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      I've experienced nothing but terrible performance/ services from the DC Metro. It's such an embarrassment to the Nation's Capital. This would be a great incentive to start ramping up better service and timely system upgrades.

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    • Saira Weeks RESTON, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      because I use the Metro Services

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    • M A ARLINGTON, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is a reasonable and technically feasible proposal.

      The fare gates already log the station and time upon entrance and exit. Match that up with the Trip Planner for scheduled service times and next train arrivals.

      Metro is updating is current SmartTrip technology and vendor anyway. This could be incorporated at the same time.

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    • Lois Steinberg WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 2 years ago

      I rely on Metro every day. I have been riding it since it's opening day. Never have I seen a product/service go through such a bad decline yet continue to charge more. If ever there was an example of the sorry results of having no competition, this is it. It is time to hold Metro accountable for terrible service and management.

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    • Ashley D KENSINGTON, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      Like airlines, metro consistently provides sub-par service for an increasingly inflated price. Someone, somewhere needs to listen to what consumers are saying about the crappy service, major delays, exorbitant prices and overcrowded cars. It's cheaper for my husband and me to drive into the city than for us to park and both ride the train in. Not very environmentally friendly, but I'm much more likely to get to work on time!

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