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Assume the Position, Commuters

Metro brings the pain to D.C. commuters - again - starting today (Sunday) with bus and rail fare hikes, increases to parking fees and service schedule adjustments.

Is your mind slowly trying to process the impact ... perhaps as slowly as a single-tracking Red Line train? Fear not, D.C. commuters, we’ll crowd your brain with information about the changes - like a Green Line train headed to a Nats game. Here are the bottom-line changes to bus and rail fares and the service schedule.


  • Fares will increase by 25 cents, costing riders an even $2 (from $1.75).
  • Express Metrobus fares will now cost $4.25 (up from $4).
  • Airport bus lines 5A (Dulles International) and B30 (Thurgood Marshall-BWI) will now cost $7.50 (up from $7)


  • All fares will rise 10 cents during rush hour and 25 cents during off-peak times.
  • The maximum rush-hour fare is now $6.
  • Parking fees will rise 10 cents.

Metro Service Schedule

Meanwhile, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has tailored its service schedule around maintenance requirements. As a result, Metro will close 30 minutes earlier on weekdays at 11:30 p.m., but will also stay open into the early morning on Fridays and Saturdays.

The new hours:

  • Monday - Thursday: 5:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 5 a.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Sunday: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Additionally, Yellow Line Rush+ trains are being eliminated and the Yellow Line will now only operate between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square stations.

Blue Line riders will see increased service, with trains now leaving every 12 minutes from endpoints.

Rush-hour trains will now leave endpoints every 8 minutes on each line (up from the current 6 minutes).

Visit WMATA to learn more.

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