Metrorail Could Begin To Offer Free Rides To Low-Income Adults

December 10, 2019
Some people will have their fare covered by metro.

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A new study implemented by The Lab @ DC wants to determine what kind of aid the city should provide to low-income Washingtonians to ride metrorail.

The program would select 2,500 adults to randomly be given access to either free unlimited rides, partially discounted rides, or no discounted rides in order to see if subsides will increase ridership.

Currently nearly 48 percent of low-income riders take Metrobus compared to 18 percent who take Metrorail.

The goal is to determine how making transportation more affordable will increase the use of the Metrorail system.

“Through innovative investments and initiatives, we can make our public transportation system more equitable and affordable for our residents,” said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The results of the project are expected to be released in 2021 and will move forward if approved by Metro Board on Thursday.

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